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Government and Public Sector Youth Workforce Development

It is ATG's belief that most people, including those with disabilities or other employment barriers, can obtain and thrive in a job with the proper training and support. ATG is committed to helping these individuals enter or re-enter workforce; make a positive contribution to their families, employers, and society; and increase their skills, confidence, and self-esteem. ATG's initiatives in this area include government and community job readiness, civilian reentry for returning veterans, and inmate reentry.

Government & Community Job Readiness Programs

To assist people with finding jobs and to reduce the number of public aid recipients, the U.S. government has implemented many job counseling and training programs throughout the country. While these vary from state to state, participants are generally unemployed adults and youths who receive services free-of-charge through local One Stops and Career Centers that are affiliated with over 600 Workforce Investment Boards throughout the 50 states. ATG's courseware is highly successful in this important demographic, while also facilitating on-demand services that allow service providers to cost-effectively support a large and diverse client base.

The value of ATG’s content-rich and context-specific simulations and e-learning courses extends to nearly any state or community organization that provides job readiness assistance to adults and at-risk youths seeking employment. Simulations and e-learning courseware address employment situations that jobseekers and employees commonly encounter. In addition to strengthening interview skills to get the job, learners develop and practice important soft skills that will help them overcome challenges and succeed at work. Our many topics include managing conflict, handling criticism, dealing with difficult people, and communicating effectively.

ATG has also developed simulations to support case managers in their work with jobseekers, including those with employment barriers such as long-term unemployment, addictions, mental health issues, and criminal histories.

Learn more about ATG's simulation-based training for jobseekers, employment facilitators, and employees...

Veterans

Between now and 2016, an estimated 1.2 million veterans will be returning to civilian life. There will be a bubble in 2012 and 2013 due to the military RIF (Reduction in Forces) and drawdown in Afghanistan.

Currently only the Marine Corp requires separated vets to get job training and/or employment assistance, but there is a push to get the other branches of the military to follow suit. According to a recent survey from the Society of Human Resource Management titled, “Employing Military Personnel and Recruiting Veterans — Attitudes and Practices,” 60 percent of employers polled said that veterans have difficulty translating military experience into civilian job experience on resumes and in interviews.

ATG has developed a Simentor® simulation designed to support veterans with their reentry into civilian life. While the emphasis is on employment, attention is given to additional areas (such as housing and healthcare) as well. We will continue to expand and enhance our offerings to help veterans achieve employment and succeed on-the-job, including a planned financial literacy curriculum. ATG will also continue to work toward implementing meaningful and easy to use "Job Translator" tool that can work in conjunction with Simentor® to assist veterans in applying their military experience and skills to civilian employment.

Inmate Re-Entry Programs

There is renewed focus on the inmate reentry process, beginning within the prison system and extending into the communities upon release. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts "One in 100" Report published in 2008, one out of every 100 adults in the United States is behind bars. It is a sobering number which translates to almost 1.6 million people incarcerated in state and federal prisons, and an additional 750,000 in local jails. Over 840,000 are on parole and another 4 million on probation. With 600,000 new inmates released annually, the number of people under the control of the U.S. Corrections systems is over 7 million as of 2010. Many of these people have few prospects for jobs and housing - resulting in recidivism rates as high as 70%.

This is a human capital issue that cannot be ignored. Ensuring former inmates in the re-entry process find sustainable jobs will drive down recidivism and increase income tax revenues. The key success factors are education and training. They are fundamental for every inmate, and technology will become a critical component in leveraging existing resources. ATG has developed simulations that are specifically designed to meet the needs of this population by helping them acquire the employability and social skills required for successful job search and retention. Former inmates who have had the opportunity to use our simulations have enthusiastically embraced them as important tools in their reentry efforts.

The plight of former inmates is a significant area of social concern for ATG, and future simulations and courseware will be tailored to this population with the intent of developing returning prisoners into productive, working, tax-paying members of the American workforce.

 

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