OWDS: An inclusive workforce development program

OWDS: An inclusive workforce development program is a 10-module curriculum designed to introduce, explain, and provide practical experience with the tools and strategies targeting employment retention for the justice involved and marginalized population.

Overall program learning objectives

By the end of week one, learners will be able to:

– Explain and analyze formal and informal career assessments
– List the impacts of implicit bias on the stigma of incarceration
– Define and practice one-on-one facilitation skills
– Guide/advise how to develop and design a resume
– Teach how to prepare and perform a job interview

By the end of week two (online), learners will be able to:

– Analyze LMI Research for local industries suitable for Justice Involved Citizens (JIC)
– Develop employment retention protocols that will enhance case management strategies for JIC

By the end of week three, learners will be able to:

– Interpret an employer-fit formal and informal assessment tool
– Design a business consultative approach (WIIFM) for JIC
– Establish a recruitment/employee retention (job match quality) strategy
– Respond to an employer objection to hiring an ex-offender using a Specific Overriding Communication Objective (SOCO)
– Identify and outline post placement support services
– Conduct public speaking practices associated with current JIC employment initiatives for chamber of commerce meetings and more

Ideal Class Size: 25

Minimum Class Size: 12

Maximum Class Size: 30

Follow-up services that ensure customer satisfaction after the training work is done are listed below:

– Once an OWDS participant completes the training he/she has the opportunity to earn a world recognized and branded credential from the National Career Development Association (i.e., the Certified Career Service Professional credential).

– If the Jurisdiction would like to sustain and grow the effort after the initial training, h2 Communication will provide an OWDS – Instructors and administrators implementation process.

Estimated Total Price including optional implementation $41,680