Become a Ready4Work
Nationally, near 70 percent of offenders released from incarceration will re-enter the prison system within three years. However, Ready4Work, Jacksonville’s most highly recognized re-entry assistance program, has a recidivism rate of less than 15 percent. Recidivism is often related to an ex-offender’s ability to access employment within the community.
Hiring an ex-offender, for many employers, is often seen as a risk, here at Ready4Work-Hillsboroughm, we understand an employer’s reluctance and perspective. This program addresses the problems, concerns and expectations surrounding employing ex-offenders.
Clients in the Ready4Work program will be non-violent/non-sexual ex-offenders, thoroughly vetted and continually screened for illegal drug use. Also, they will engage in a 4-6 week Career Development Training course, preparing them for interviews and providing them with a workforce skill set. Additionally, Ready4Work-Hillsborough will follow each client for one year, providing them with a case manager, job coach and often a life coach for their continued support.
Ready4Work-Jacksonville has partnered with more than 300
businesses in Jacksonville and the surrounding area, and
has successfully placed in the workforce more than 1,500
ex-offenders. The success of the program is measured not
only by the number of individuals placed with employers,
but with their retention with employers and the feedback
received. The program has nearly a 90 percent retention
rate within the first year of a client’s employment, far
exceeding standard retention rates. Employers have often
reported experiences with participants as positive,
citing their high-motivation and excellent training.
Ready4Work-Hillsborough has positioned itself to operate in the same success as Ready4Work-Jacksonville and is establishing relationships with some of the same employers, looking to place participants in the same industries:
- Warehousing & Distribution
- Office & Clerical
- Maintenance & Janitorial
- Landscape & Grounds Cleaning
- Health Services
- Customer Service
Ready4Work-Hillsborough is highly committed to
satisfying requests of our business partners, as well as
providing accountability to and for our participants.
Job coaches will conduct site visits for the first year
and will be available at any time. Business partners are
provided with Free
and are eligible for a $2,400
Work Opportunity Tax Credit,
For further information, contact Robert Blount, at (813) 247-3285, ext. 202.