The WorkPlace in Bridgeport CT developed Platform to Employment (P2E) to address the need for the long-term unemployed to return to work and the employer need to recruit skilled workers. The program is a public-private partnership which gives businesses a risk-free opportunity to evaluate and consider hiring participants during an eight-week paid work experience program. The WorkPlace offers individuals a five-week preparatory program, including skills assessment, career readiness workshops, employee assistance programs, coaching and more. Upon program completion, the program helps participants find open positions at local companies. Placements are made on a trial basis, and are paid for by The WorkPlace. The expectation is that if the company is satisfied with the performance of the candidate, a full-time job will ensue. The Platform to Employment has been replicated in several sites outside of Connecticut, with foundation support.