New Program Provides Second Chance for Youthful Offenders

The Kane County MCIP Second Chance Program has three key goals:

  1. Help young adults ages 18 – 24 convicted of non-violent crimes, such as DUI or driving without a license, overcome the barrier of having a criminal record and re-enter society through starting careers in the manufacturing industry.
  2. Provide a low-risk process to vet and hire young adults who were incarcerated but are highly motivated and need a “second chance”
  3. Provide work and training opportunities to returning citizens to help address the critical skilled worker shortage in manufacturing.

How does it Work?

Business and Career Services (BCS) is partnering with the Kane County Correctional Department to provide a second chance to non-violent offenders ages 18 – 24 to turn their life around and become productive, responsible adults.

An intensive two-week “Boot Camp” held before the internship will screen participants for attitude and motivation and will focus on employer expectations and requirements such as: attendance, attitude, ambition and problem solving. It also provides them with a 10-hour OSHA safety certification, resume writing and interviewing skills, financial literacy, shop math and problem solving. The program is modeled after the highly successful BCS Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) which has a 70% success rate.

As part of the “Second Chance” program, participating manufacturers will be able to interview and select potential interns prior to the eight-week internship. BCS is the employer of record during the internship and covers wages, insurance and liability. BCS will also monitor the growth and success of the participants during the internships using frequent communication and on-site visits.

What are the Benefits to Employers?

  • There is No Cost to the employer during the eight-week internship. BCS covers wages and liability insurance.
  • Opportunity to identify, vet and hire highly motivated individuals for hard-to-fill positions.
  • Federal and State Fidelity Bonding Programs are available at no cost to protect the employer from any wrong-doing by the employee once hired. The bond coverage is usually $5,000 with no deductible. Higher amounts of coverage up to $25,000 may be allowed.
  • Employers may qualify for a tax credit of between $1,200 and $9,600 per employee for hiring ex-felons through the Illinois Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program.
  • Employers hiring qualified participants may be eligible to be reimbursed 50% of their wages up to $10,000 through the Kane County Workforce On-the-Job Training Program.
  • Similar to the MICP, internships can be terminated at any time,

For more information, contact Rand Haas, MCIP program manager with Business and Career Services, at (630) 204-9795.

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