Individuals with criminal justice involvement form one of the most disadvantaged populations in the nation. They experience a myriad of challenges and harmful stigmas that prevent them from successfully reentering society. These challenges include accessing education, employment, affordable housing, substance abuse treatment, healthcare, and family services.
Many justice-involved individuals are also in need of educational services after incarceration. Approximately 35% of people in prison do not have their high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma, compared to 18% of the general population (Wolf Harlow, C., PhD. 2003). Moreover, one in ten young males who do not finish high school end up in adult jail or juvenile detention, compared to one in 35 high school graduates.. These individuals, often victims of a failing public education system, fall into a “school to prison pipeline” that severely limits their future opportunities and heightens their susceptibility to recidivate.
Empire Human Resources Group is a leader in training formerly incarcerated job seekers who face challenges when attempting to enter the workforce. In addition to addressing competing life needs such as overcoming substance use, homelessness, and health issues, they must simultaneously build important skills in a rapidly changing job market. Moreover, there are well-documented biases against hiring within this population.
One study conducted in New York City found that a criminal record reduced the likelihood of a callback or job offer by nearly 50% (Pager, Western & Bonikowski, 2009). In fact, nearly all formerly incarcerated have little or no income, and urgently need assistance to obtain living-wage employment. When you decide to hire an Empire Temp you will be offered a trainee from this program at significant rate savings. All trainees are vetted to avoid placement of a trainee in a business where the trainee's conviction may prohibit such placement.
Along with Classroom and/or web-based training, Empire utilizes On-the-job training, also known as OJT, a hands-on method of teaching the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed for employees to perform a specific job within the workplace. Employees learn in an environment where they will need to practice the knowledge and skills obtained during their training.