The WorkPlace, the Bridgeport-based regional workforce development agency, has received a $10,000 grant from First Niagara Bank‘s charitable foundation to support the organization’s Platform to Employment (P2E) program.

The program provides job readiness programming, financial counseling and other services for the long-term unemployed to re-enter the workforce. First Niagara’s grant will support the public-private partnership, which gives business owners a risk-free opportunity to evaluate and consider hiring candidates during an eight-week experience program.