The program is a public/private partnership in which companies who are looking to hire can participate. The wages earned by the employee (intern) during the 8-week internship are subsidized by P2E - as long as the company commits to hiring the individual into a permanent role following the 8-week internship, assuming there are no problems and it is a 'good fit' between the employee and the employer.
The program just received grant money from the AARP Foundation, the Walmart Foundation and Citi Community Development to expand the program in 10 cities across the country. This grant money is targeted specifically at long term unemployed veterans and 'older' job seekers aged 50 and older.
The folks at P2E are working hard to expand the program to all long term unemployed, including those under age 50 - but need help raising awareness about the program, and, obviously, finding additional funding sources which are needed in order for the program to be expanded so that more people can participate. They are hoping to be up and running here in Colorado in late spring.
This is a win-win for all parties: job seekers and employers who are looking (and willing to commit) to hire a qualified, proven, and long term unemployed candidate.
It seems to me that this is a program, a public/private partnership, that lawmakers, policy wonks and advocates from both sides of the aisle can and should support. There's no better economic boost than to help move the educated, highly experienced and motivated folks out of the unemployment, government assistance lines and the uninsured emergency room & other health care lines - and into the tax-paying employment lines.
Maybe it's possible that some funding could come from the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment - or from the general revenue fund?
P2E offers a solution that all interested parties can benefit from; a solution that all political parties can and should support. Here's a chance for lawmaker's from both sides of the spectrum to take a step toward solving this crisis (it is a crisis).
It's also an opportunity for those same candidates who campaigned on the '23 million' jobless Americans to actually do something to help fix the problem. That is what they all campaigned on, right?
Unemployment may be something people are tired of hearing about; maybe it's time to do something about it.