Returning workers are highly skilled, highly trained, motivated candidates. Help your business and your community by hiring from this elite pool of candidates. Reentry candidates are more likely to return for good.
We’ve made it easy for you to find your next great hire. The Reentry Workforce Portal connects employers with pre-filtered, pre-screened candidates based on your business needs. Through this system, you can search for qualified applicants, view credentials, and conduct virtual interviews to identify and hire new employees for your business.
Sign in and create a profile. You will be asked questions about your employment needs and any certifications you are seeking in an employee. This data is used to match your needs with ideal candidates.
Post your job opening(s), including any requirements. Candidates then review and apply for jobs. All job listings will be approved/denied by the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
Review candidates and filter based on certifications and enrolled programs. You can also exclude violent and/or sex offenders. Save preferred candidates to your profile to review later.
After a candidate applies for a job, you will receive an email with their resume and profile to review. The portal allows you to message potential employees. All messages are done by proxy and no messages can be deleted. Messages are approved before being sent to candidates
Request a job interview through the portal with your favorite candidates. Interviews can be done via phone call or video conference.
Choose and hire your new employee.
Businesses around the nation like American Airlines, The Coca-Cola Company, and Koch Industries have finally found the solution to the age-old problem of hiring and maintaining quality employees – Second Chance hiring. In partnership with Louisiana Workforce Commission and other community providers, the Louisiana Department of Corrections hosted #WorkforceWednesdays – a four-part webinar series meant to educate employers on the benefits of hiring quality candidates with criminal records.
See how your business can receive up to $2,400 for qualified new hires.
Learn about gaining access to a free insurance policy that reduces the financial burden of hiring.
Through rehabilitative opportunities, second-chance hiring promotes successful transitions.
Unemployment rate for formerly incarcerated compared to the general public. Source.
Industry-Based Certifications obtained in 2018-2019.
Stackable certifications are available to our population.
Employment readiness and skills training are major components of successful reentry. Highlighted below are some of the many programs offered during incarceration that provide skills and training needed to obtain a job in growing industries upon release.
Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction activities, from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets. This four-level curriculum covers content such as Building Materials, Cabinet Fabrication, and Advanced Wall Systems.
Certiport’s Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) is an ideal certification for anyone who wants to demonstrate critical computer and Internet skills valued in today’s academic and professional environments.
Offenders are provided information in eight critical areas of automotive repair: engine repair; automatic transmission/transaxle; manual drive training and axles; suspension and steering; brakes; electrical/electronic systems; heating and air conditioning; and engine performance.
This is a standardized curriculum that provides instruction in the basic processes of all construction crafts, including modules in, Basic Safety (Construction Site Safety Orientation), Introduction to Construction Math, Introduction to Hand Tools, Introduction to Power Tools, Introduction to Construction Drawings, Introduction to Basic Rigging, Basic Communication Skills, Basic Employability Skills, Introduction to Material Handling.
ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association. The course discusses foodborne illnesses, including information on specific foodborne pathogens and biological toxins, such as shellfish poisoning, contamination, and food allergens, and more.
The Welding program is designed to develop skills and proficiency in various welding techniques and to develop an understanding of metals, alloys, welding electrodes, and their interrelationships. Instruction is provided in various processes and techniques of welding including; oxyfuel cutting, Flux-cored arc welding, Gas metal arc welding, pipe welding, plasma arc cutting, and blueprint reading.
The Heating/Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC) program provides offenders with the skills to install and repair heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration units. The graduate is prepared for entry-level employment as a residential or commercial service technician.
The OSHA 30 training is a much-needed element for protecting employees on various job sites. However, these certifications are quickly becoming standard requirements in the construction industry.
Alisha Disotell explains how challenge has pushed her to grow throughout her life, including the nearly two decades she spent in prison and the time after, when she began her job at Louisiana Property Assistance Agency. Her hard work inspires her coworkers and supervisors, especially Shannon Arceneaux, who discusses the benefits of hiring previously incarcerated individuals.
Since Morris Thomas’s release in July 2021 – and even before – he’s dedicated himself to learning and improvement. He is currently employed at Chet Morrison Contractors, and when asked about what he likes most, he says, “I’m learning new things about the oil field everyday. I also love that I get on job training operating the crane, which is what I’m going to school for on January 31.” Since he began this job, he also learned, “the process of installation and the removal of pipe from the ocean.”
His learning is not limited to technical skills, however. He also says, “I’ve learned that patience and good decision making have my best interest.”
He believes many people learn and grow while incarcerated. “There are many men and women that are incarcerated due to one bad decision.” A dedication to personal growth is evident when individuals are “there years and still have a positive attitude and a heart to do the right thing.”
He wants people to know that “there are a lot of hard workers unfortunately that are incarcerated.” He believes the opportunity to provide for their families motivates many previously incarcerated individuals as employees. “Having the privilege to hire an individual that’s been previously incarcerated would be a major asset to employer as well as the company!” he says.
Ivy Mathis discusses the difficulties and successes she experienced when she returned home from prison after 26 years. Determined to make the most of her second chance, Ivy interviewed for and accepted a job with VOTE, which she describes as “a perfect fit.” She makes it a priority to be a positive example, so other incarcerated individuals can also have opportunities for success upon release.
John Moore considers the ways the reentry specialty court program impacted his life. While he was incarcerated, John began mechanical training, which helped qualify him for a job at Sunshine Quality Solutions. Over the years, John worked his way up to the position of Service Technician, even earning the title of number one mechanic in 2020. John’s manager, Terry Dronet, also discusses the ways Sunshine Quality Solutions and its customers have benefited from a Second-Chance employee.
Bernard Moore discusses the impact of the reentry specialty court program on his life. Through the efforts of the courts and correctional system, the business community, and social service organizations, this multifaceted program utilizes educational, vocational, and rehabilitative training to lower recidivism in Louisiana. While he was incarcerated, Bernard was able to begin the necessary training that qualified him for a job at Bill Hood Chevrolet and allowed him to work his way up to the position of Service Technician. Management at Bill Hood Chevrolet discusses the benefits of hiring Second Chance employees and their appreciation for Bernard’s hard work and positive example.
Regardless of their backgrounds, few people can boast the accolades Kevin Lopez has earned since his incarceration. He has obtained bachelor degrees in social work and substance abuse counselling and a master’s degree in criminal justice with a concentration in juvenile delinquency. He is currently pursuing a PhD in social work. He wrote about his experience in his book Statistic Turned Scholar, which was published in January 2021, and was a contributing author for The HBCU Experience: The Southern University System Edition, published in May 2021.
These impressive accomplishments are only part of what makes him an excellent employee. Lopez has passion for his work with the Louisiana Council of Resources, where he works with other formerly incarcerated individuals. “Without the experience of incarceration, I wouldn’t be able to touch the population I am now,” he says.
When your community thrives, so do you. Read about second-chance hiring financial incentive programs.
This program provides a bonded insurance guarantee for hiring hard-to-place job seekers. The Louisiana Workforce Commission can certify applicants in minutes and issue bonds on-site, helping you feel confident about filling positions.
What is Fidelity Bonding?
Fidelity Bonding is insurance meant to help protect employers. It covers:
It is both a guarantee of worker-job honesty and an incentive to hire at-risk job applicants.
Job bonding enables the employer to “obtain worker skills without taking a risk.” Protect your investments and your business, while also benefiting from a source of highly trained and motivated candidates. Fidelity Bonding Program does not cover the liability of poor workmanship and job injuries.
How much can I expect?
The bond insurance issued ranges from $5,000 to $25,000 coverage for a six-month period with no deductible amount (employer gets 100% insurance coverage). The bond can be issued to the employer as soon as the applicant has a job offer and start day scheduled.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program is a federal government initiative designed to increase employment opportunities for people who typically experience certain barriers to employment, such as recently-released persons.
What are the benefits?
Employers can expect up to $2,400 for each new hire.
How do I apply?
Employers must apply for and receive a certification from the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) before claiming their tax credit deduction. To apply:
Tailor training programs for the exact skills you need! We can work with you on specific adaptations to industry programs in place, so you have job-ready employees on day one. Additionally, apprenticeships can work alongside your business for hands-on training, through the Louisiana Registered Apprenticeship Program. Ensure that your business has an affordable source of highly skilled workers and contact us or click the link below for more information.
Your business can receive up to 50% reimbursement for training new employees in skills specific to their job. The average amount received per employee is $6,000.
How does an employer benefit from participating in the OJT Program?
OJT offers an opportunity for your business to receive reimbursement for training up to 50% for training new employees in skills specific to his or her job. This reduces your overall cost as one or more new employees become fully integrated.
Who can be an OJT employer?
Any company or business which has an opening for a skilled worker and for which qualified individuals are not readily available; a company or business which has not relocated within the past 120 days; or if it has relocated within this period, the relocation has not caused a loss of employment at the previous location. The average amount per employee is approximately $6,000 per trainee and some areas more or less depending on local policy.
Browse Louisiana Department of Correction’s skilled workforce and help provide stability and a second chance to returning employees.
All of our candidates have gone through an intensive program to ensure they are prepared for re-entry into the workforce and all of your information is protected throughout the entire process. You are even able to connect with their probation officers.
Yes! There is an exhaustive search option that lets you find the preferred candidate.
In addition to acquiring a trained and qualified candidate, you can also receive monetary benefits for second-chance hiring. See the other benefits above.