INDIANAPOLIS - Following what officials are calling a successful pilot program, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has approved an extension of the “Pathway to Employment” workforce development program. The extension will fund the program through the end of the year, with plans to keep the program in place permanently not far behind. 

The program is part of a partnership between the Department of Public Works the Office of Public Health and Safety and Keys to Work. Officials report it has connected 43 individuals with paying jobs and work skills that could help lead to long-term employment in the 20 weeks it has been operational. 

Participants complete trash pick-ups and other efforts intended to boost beautification of the city. They make  $10 an hour for full 8-hour days.

A reported 18 participants of the program have successfully transitioned from the program to full-time employment. 

“The results we have seen from the Pathway to Employment pilot are promising,” said Mayor Hogsett. “With continued investment in this program, we have the potential to help even more of our city’s vulnerable residents get connected with work experience and a paycheck, and ultimately, a bridge to more permanent employment and stability.”

Mayor Hogsett’s proposed 2020 City-County budget includes funding that, if approved, will make Pathway to Employment a permanent program and available to more participants.