Vice Media announced a new program to employ and train formerly incarcerated individuals. The six month program, which pays $15 per hour for 40 hour work weeks, will begin in 2017. Anyone from the ages of 18 and 25 who are on probation and based in New York City are eligible to apply. Vice partnered with the Center for Employment Opportunities to create the program. The apprenticeship will provide training in the field of media. Finding employment or breaking into an industry, especially for individuals with little or no work experience, following incarceration is notoriously difficult. The United States of America’s incarceration rate is the highest in the world. The announcement, which was posted to Vice, reads:
“Finding a job after serving time is just one of the many pressures incarcerated people face upon release. According to the Sentencing Project, more than 60 percent of formally incarcerated individuals are out of a job one year after their release, and joblessness is one of the key factors that lands former prisoners back behind bars.
In an effort to help change that, we’ve decided to team up with the Center for Employment Opportunities—the country’s leading nonprofit providing career opportunities for the formerly incarcerated—to launch a six-month paid apprenticeship program for people with criminal records.
Starting early next year, we’ll welcome formerly incarcerated people to work with us in Brooklyn across our digital channels, in the newsroom, in television and film production, and in other creative roles. Our aim is to help provide those with little to no college or workforce experience with the tools and skills needed to succeed in the media industry.”