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What is alternative staffing?

Alternative staffing enterprises deliver competitive staffing services that connect employers with qualified, motivated talent while supporting thousands of marginalized job seekers to enter the labor market and achieve their employment goals.

Value to Employers

Employers cite four reasons they prefer using alternative staffing suppliers: better understanding of their business needs and priorities, higher quality screening and matching, greater responsiveness, and worker supports that improve performance and reliability.

Opportunities for Job Seekers

Temporary staffing is the fastest growing segment of the workforce and a key pathway to employment. Temporary placements offer job seekers a way to build their resume, develop skills and self confidence, and demonstrate their reliability and value to potential employers

Returns to Funders

Alternative Staffing Organizations (ASOs) leverage foundation and government grants with fee revenues from employers, lowering the cost to serve job seekers compared with other transitional employment.

for ASO 

Read our Introductory Guide and let us introduce you to practitioners serving similar job seekers. Join the Alliance to access benchmarking data, sales webinars, operating tools, and other business development resources. Read More


REDF Impact Investing Fund Introduces Line of Credit Product

LOC financing product will help employment social enterprises address cash flow gaps.

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YUPRO honored for OnRamps@Work Apprenticeship Program

Program equips diverse young job seekers to secure and sustain career-boosting employment.

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Research finds growing support for fair chance hiring

Employers often lack formal hiring policies, though, and see need for transitional worker supports.

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Resources and Events

Workforce Realigned: How New Partnerships are Advancing Economic Mobility

A new publication from Social Finance and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia features First Step Staffing and 18 other case studies about innovative, results-based workforce development models of funding and risk-sharing.

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Checkr Fair Assessment Course

This 1-hour online course and certification defines background report terminology and uses scenarios to help businesses comply with EEOC guidelines and refine their hiring criteria and rationale for assessing candidates.

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Virtual RoundTables

Spend an hour each month to discuss current business challenges, issues and opportunities with fellow operators.

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