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Career Building Initiative

ATR has a laser focus on education and employment

We developed the Career Building Initiative because we know work is one of the best predictors of positive outcomes for people in recovery. To support our mission, we recruit job training providers who tailor their programs for people with substance use disorders. ATR supports these providers through ongoing professional development related to working with individuals in recovery. We choose providers who train in occupations that are more receptive to hiring people with justice involvement.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked with many of our job training providers to transition their programs online. We are ensuring equitable access to these programs by providing ATR participants who enroll in them with a laptop and hotspot for the duration of the course.

Career Building Initiative service

Step 1:
Jobs Readiness Programs (Paths to Empowerment (P2E) Program)

P2E is a 3-week, 60-hour program which was co-developed with Massachusetts Career Centers (MassHire) and Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) to address the unique issues and barriers facing people with addiction issues. The program includes an introduction to employment and financial literacy, information on occupational outlooks, and practical support for developing key elements of a successful job search (e.g. resume, cover letter, references). P2E participants also engage in guided career exploration, rehearse common interview scenarios, and practice professional behaviors to prepare for the workplace.

P2E is currently offered in all of our ATR locations and is currently being held online:

Step 2:
Occupational Job Training Programs

After completing a job readiness program, such as P2E, participants can pursue a number of options, including beginning a job search, continuing their education (e.g. GED), or specialized occupational training programs that have been incorporated into ATR. The occupational training focuses on fields that are typically more receptive to hiring people with criminal backgrounds. See below for more information.

Examples include:

  • Introduction to IT (Computers)
  • Food Service/Culinary Arts
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Office Skills
  • Construction Services
  • Customer Service
  • Personal Fitness Instructor Training
  • Commercial Truck Driving
  • HVAC and Refrigeration

 

Career Building Initiative services

Innovative job training and support services customized for people with substance use disorders who face multiple barriers to employment. 

Click below to view our programs offered in each city

Class Schedules


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ATR participants can apply to receive a FULLY PAID sponsorship to the job training class of their choice.   

      An ATR sponsorship includes:

  • Paid in full tuition for job training
  • Technology equipment/internet access is provided for use while in training
  • Income while in training
  • Books and supplies

Note: As of October 2020 ATR has paid out $12 million in career building sponsorships.   

Career Building Initiative Results

More than 6,700 ATR participants have gone through our career building services to date.  

1 %
Job Readiness

The majority of participants who enrolled in a training program reported feeling prepared to find a job in their area of interest at the end of their training.

1 %
Program Completion

87% of ATR participants who enrolled in a training program completed their job readiness/job training program.

1 %
Employed/Schooling

At their 6-month disenrollment assessment, 55% of ATR participants were employed or in school. That is a four-fold increase from the date of intake.