Through job search and job retention training and support, EMPLOY aimed to help people who were incarcerated obtain and retain employment upon their release.
Before release, participants who were incarcerated received 16 hours of job search training and additional job search assistance from job training and job development specialists. In the week before release, participants were assigned a retention specialist and received a portfolio with a resume, an EMPLOY program certification, job leads, and additional supports such as bus fare and clothing for interviews. Retention specialists conducted 4 follow-up meetings with participants over the 12-month period after their release. People who were incarcerated were eligible to apply to the EMPLOY program if they had also participated in the Minnesota Department of Corrections Industry Program for six months and were within five years of release. Participants applied to EMPLOY on a voluntary basis and, if accepted to the program, would receive EMPLOY services beginning 60 to 90 days before participant release. The program was administered throughout the state of Minnesota.