Jobs without pay help unemployed back into work

Although US unemployment has crept downwards in recent months, some analysts have suggested the fall is not as a result of new jobs being created, but rather people giving up their search.Jobs without pay help unemployed back into workSo in an attempt to get the long term unemployed back to work, New Hampshire created a programme to match workers with businesses.

Ray Boissoneau founded electronic circuit boards maker Electropac in 1976. It had manufacturing bases in China, the UK and the US, but now operates a single factory in the riverside town Manchester in New Hampshire, home to some of the world’s largest textile mills.

He was among those who signed up to the scheme. “It gives a potential employee the chance to assess the company, whilst we assess whether they’d fit in,” says Mr Boissoneau, as he walks the factory floor with a proud, grandfatherly air about him.

Electropac has gained from taking on new employees, but so have the workers, he insists.

“They collect unemployment benefits whilst they’re with us so they’ve not lost anything. Instead of sitting at home they’re able to come to a factory and begin skilled work.”

The unemployed work for nothing while the company gives them a placement for a month and a half to prove themselves.

Although there is no promise of a job at the end of the six weeks, Mr Boissoneau defends accusations that the scheme exploits the unemployed.

“It’s fair because they’re being trained with an opportunity for their future,” he says. “They have the chance to start a new career and earn a proper income.”

At Electropac’s building, impressive with hundreds of windows punctuating its red brick, Mr Boissoneau has managed to fill five full time positions in the past six months.

Almost 500 jobseekers have been through Return to Work since 2010, with 70% landing permanent positions.

It is so successful, Maine and Rhode Island are thinking of setting up similar schemes.

As the American people prepare for the US presidential election on 6 November, the unemployment rate continues to hover around 8%.

Some pundits are suggesting the sluggish economic recovery is a boon to Republican challenger Mitt Romney, and an obstacle to President Barack Obama’s chances of returning to the White House for another term.

October 30, 2012 · Home Based Jobs · Comments Closed
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