A new program launching in Minneapolis next month aims to help long-term unemployed workers over age 50 and young veterans find jobs.
The city of Minneapolis and the state's economic development agency are teaming up on a program to help older workers and veterans under age 30 escape long-term unemployment. They're working a Connecticut organization called The WorkPlace, which has had a high success rate landing full-time employment for its program participants.
The 13-week WorkPlace program which will be implemented in Minneapolis, starts with job readiness training, said Deb Bahr-Helgen, director of the city's Employment and Training Program.
"After that, there's a subsidized work component where wages are paid by the program, allowing employers to test out candidates on the job to see if they're a good fit for the company," she said.
The initial program will accommodate 20 older workers and four veterans. Applicants must be Minneapolis residents and have until Sept. 6 to apply. The program starts Sept. 23.
Funding for the program comes from AARP Foundation, Citi Community Development and Walmart Foundation.