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South Bay Workforce Investment Board

Meet Keith

Workforce Challenge

Keith served two separate sentences in prison on multiple charges, creating a barrier to employment because he could not pass the background clearance required by many employers. This is the same barrier faced by most ex-offenders. Keith had past work experience as a mentor and also some hands-on experience as an electrical worker but wasn’t sure which career path to follow.

Workforce Solution

Keith attended the New Start workshop called Parole to Payroll offered by Friends Outside and received tips on how to get and keep a job and on business and workplace etiquette. He was highly motivated and productive in workshop activities and put forth a great effort to develop the skills needed for his transition to employment. He learned how to disclose his criminal justice history in a way that communicated that his past was behind him and that he was ready to be productive in society.

Outcomes & Benefits

Keith’s diligence and sincerity in his search for employment were rewarded with his first job through a Temporary Agency earning minimum wage as a laborer in the construction field. When a construction-related job opened up for an Electrical Apprentice, he was able to use his past work experience to capture this new opportunity. Keith has successfully transitioned from Parole to Payroll earning over $25 per hour as an Electrical Apprentice.

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