The effects of correctional education in vocational training on employment opportunities in Central and Northern Wisconsin for ex-offenders upon release
Labs, Jeff R.
University of Wisconsin-Stout
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Vocational training efforts by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections have attempted to remove barriers on the path of employment for the ex-offender population. The purpose of this mixed-methods study identified if the vocational training programs offered to inmates by the Wisconsin DOC are relevant to employment opportunities across nine counties that make up central and northern Wisconsin and if employers are willing to hire individuals with criminal backgrounds. Participants in the study were employers in the construction, manufacturing, transportation, and hospitality services industry sectors. The study revealed that the minimum skills necessary to be qualified for employment in the skilled trades sectors are in alignment with technical college trainings taking place throughout the Wisconsin Technical College System. The study also revealed that state workforce and training agencies have not clearly communicated and included employers in the development process of ex-offender population workforce trainings that are taking place. Recommendations of the study have implications of reducing workforce shortages in the four specific industry sectors and creating an effective communication plan to increase vocational training outcomes.
Discrimination in employment