MACON, Ga. -- The WorkSource Macon-Bibb program is designed to help those who have been out of work for a few years and need to close their skills gap.
Howard Scott works with the program and said it's easy to sign up. Every Friday at 10:30 a.m., WorkSource holds an orientation session at Mercer University's Department of Labor.
This program has helped people returning to the workforce from incarceration, Scott said. The program gives people real life work experience. Out of the 12 people who participated in the last group, all of them ended up with a full-time jobs.
"Where you can go in and do the eligibility process, and that depends on a number of situations and everyone is different, but the eligibility process is a process where you actually go in and fill out some papers, supportive documents that you have to provide, and once the process is over you're deemed eligible for the program," Scott said.
The federally-funded program is, Scott said, like a three week boot camp where participants get reintroduced to soft skills and interviewing skills. After that, WorkSource pairs a participant with a company for a paid, full-time internship.
Scott said WorkSource is good for the previously incarcerated getting back into the workforce or people who haven't been employed for a while. The program lasts eight weeks and accepts 18 participants per quarter.
"The only thing we ask employers to do is to give a person eight weeks experience and to give them a recommendation if they feel the employee was able to accomplish the goals and the training plan that we have set up with them," said Scott.
Find more information about WorkSource here.