Advancing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals through Work-Based Learning: Experiences from Reentry Project Grantees
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Chief Evaluation Office
- Most (23 of 27) sites included in the study offered access to paid and/or unpaid Work-based Learning (WBL) opportunities, providing those services directly through their RP programs or through referrals to partner organizations such as American Job Centers (AJC), unions, community colleges, etc.
- WBL offered justice-involved individuals opportunities to earn an income while engaging in training, building their workplace skills, and gaining real-world experience.
- Future programs could benefit from providing additional supports, including supportive services, ongoing case management, and mentoring, to encourage participation and completion of WBL opportunities for justice-involved individuals.
This issue brief describes the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities offered to Reentry Projects (RP) participants, RP programs’ experiences providing WBL, and lessons learned from offering WBL. The brief draws on a variety of data collected for the RP implementation study, including a grantee survey, virtual site visit interviews, and information reported by grantees in the Workforce Integrated Performance System (WIPS).