WRO works with Oklahoma parents who are expecting or just had a baby and who are enrolled in the Family Expectations program. Many of these couples are facing significant practical and economic barriers to being able to provide for their child.
Family Expectations provides wrap-around services for parents, including work readiness services through Work Ready Oklahoma. These services help new parents get their family off to a great start and secure good jobs.
Oklahoma faces an acute shortage of workers in select middle and high skilled industries/occupations. Despite the local labor shortfall, at least 22,800 Oklahomans were without work for 27 weeks or more in 2014.
Clearly, there is a disconnect between the professional skills, competencies, and education levels of these long-term unemployed Oklahomans and the job prospects available to them. Through our Ready to Work grant, we are able to provide practical services and supports to help unemployed Oklahomans succeed in a globally competitive workforce. This includes free training, education, and other services for qualifying participants.
Oklahoma has one of the highest incarceration rates of both men and women in the nation. This reduces the number of available workers in Oklahoma. After release from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, those eager to rejoin the workforce often struggle to find employers willing to give them a second chance. This increases the likelihood of repeat offenses, shrinks the workforce, and weakens our community. Work Ready Oklahoma is committed to carefully screening individuals reentering Oklahoma County and preparing them for workplace success. The results are a stronger community, a thriving economy, and more intact family units.