Workforce Education Discussion

employment for the hardest-to-employ

 
 
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employment for the hardest-to-employ
by Nancy Haspel - Sunday, 17 December 2006, 10:11 AM
 

Greetings,

I am posting for the first time so that I may begin the use of this discussion board.  Early in the new year, I will be taking part in a discussion with staff in a CBO on employment issues for people with huge barriers to getting/keeping a good job (specifically, mental health issues, criminal backgrounds, motivation, to name a few).  I would like to have your thoughts, experiences, etc., with this issue.  I will also continue to post as this discussion continues through the year.

I am a WILMA member from the Minneapolis ABE consortium working on special work-readiness and workforce education projects with Project for Pride in Living (PPL), based in the Phillips area of south Minneapolis.  I am currently housed in PPL's Learning Center at the corner of Chicago and Franklin.

I look forward to "talking" to you on this forum.

Nancy Haspel

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Re: employment for the hardest-to-employ
by Laura Prettyman - Friday, 22 December 2006, 9:38 AM
 

Hi, Nancy!

My classroom is at the Aitkin Workforce Center, so many of my students are looking for work. I think the barriers you mentioned are huge. Mental health issues, especially depression, seem very common. It seems like one of those terrible cycles. "Bob" is depressed because he is out of work. He is hard to employ because he is depressed. Yikes! 

Aitkin is a small town, and the surrounding area is very rural. Transportation is a huge barrier here. Many people do not have cars (or car insurance). Childcare is a barrier sometimes as well, especially for very early or very late shifts.

Was that what you were asking? I hope that helped!


Laura Prettyman

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Re: employment for the hardest-to-employ
by Nancy Haspel - Tuesday, 2 January 2007, 10:36 AM
 

Hi Laura,

Happy New Year!  Thank you for responding to my posting.  YES, this is exactly what I'm looking for.  Small towns/large cities have some differences in population, but many of their employment problems are the same.  I know exactly what that vicious cycle looks like, and how it impacts our students' lives.  I'll continue to post on this topic as our discussions here in Minneapolis progress.  I'm also looking forward to others' thoughts on the subject.

Nancy Haspel

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Re: employment for the hardest-to-employ
by Andrea Poulos - Wednesday, 3 January 2007, 2:09 PM
 

Hi Nancy and all,

Christopher Stewart, one of the Business Service Specialists with DEED, had recommended that we read No One Is Unemployable by Debra Angel and Elisabeth Harney.  I got it from the Mpls Public Library system, and found it easy to read, practical and full of interesting hints.  I'm sure all the topics are super complex and not so easily "wrapped up" as a book like this might make it sound, but it might provide a few new ideas anyway. 

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Re: employment for the hardest-to-employ
by Dorothy Eckblad - Friday, 23 March 2007, 11:22 AM
 
I too am new to this.  I teach reading to several groups at a sheltered facility for adults with disabilities.  I'm interested in ideas for materials and/or evaluation.