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Program Launches New Jobs, Hope for NV's Long-term Unemployed

Getting people ready to work again when they've been unemployed for long time periods is the goal of the Platform to Employment program. (U.S. EPA)
Getting people ready to work again when they've been unemployed for long time periods is the goal of the Platform to Employment program. (U.S. EPA)
March 28, 2016

LAS VEGAS - The State of Nevada will pay your salary for two months if you're part of the 1.7 percent of Nevadans who are long-term unemployed, meaning out of work for more than 27 weeks, and you're willing to give job training a try.

The state is pouring almost $2 million of federal grant money into the Platform to Employment program, which has just opened up online registration in Clark County.

Mae Worthey, public information officer for the Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation, says the program started in fall of 2014, and alternates between the Reno and Las Vegas areas.

"It's really touching when you hear from people who've gone through the program," she says. "Just having someone believe in them, and having them back in action again, it just really builds confidence."

Platform to Employment requires people to go through an intensive, five-week job readiness program. Afterward, the job-seekers are connected with jobs, and the state pays up to their first two months' wages. Overall, 85,000 Nevadans are unemployed.

Worthey says the program benefits employers as well.

"Yes, the program pays a subsidy to the employer for a period of time," she says. "To allow the employer benefits of trying you out, and giving the employee that assistance they need in getting back into the workplace."

The deadline to apply for the next session is coming up fast, on April 8. People can apply online at platformtoemployment.com.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV