Inmate eLearning for Post Incarceration Employment in the Gig Economy

A partnership between corrections technology company GTL and vocational training company VirtualiaNet could be the source of a whole new wave of skilled workers needed in today’s increasingly tight labor market. The project could bring skills training to inmates across the nation in the form of eLearning to become freelancers in the rising gig economy. According to Phil Alfaro, co-founder of VirtualiaNet, studies have shown that more than 60 percent of former inmates remain unemployed a year after being released due to past criminal records. The gig economy, however, offers a chance for former inmates to work without disclosing a criminal record. But they first must be able to demonstrate their skill to land a desired position. That’s where eLearning could offer a potential solution.

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