Earning a job guarantee in San Diego's growing workforces is not a challenge for youth age 16 to 21 who succeed in securing a spot in the CONNECT2Careers program. Hire-A-Youth proved in the past youth can work their way up a career ladder from the bottom up by gaining work experience in a Summer job.
The San Diego Workforce Partnership's new program aims to get the youth into a job in one of the industry clusters in town that are the most important, and fill in the workforces with workers with skills who can close the skills gap. In return for skilled productive work done during an internship, the youth earn pay and time to take a step down the right career path that will have full opportunities in future years. Taking a job in one of San Diego's industries with the big job numbers, tourism and defense, and healthcare, can keep a youth productive in a work area that is currently in demand, and in the region's blueprint for growth. Bottom up employment can start at a workplace run by the program's business partners in the local innovative industries that are expanding workforce growth--biotechnology and cleantech, and the local anchor in day to day high tech, communications and information technology.
Youth who undergo pre-internship training will become prepared to start the job at the workplace. The "head start" was designed to step up productivity.
To guarantee no youth are left out, the program is continuing to look for community minded businesses that contribute to the programs funds seeded by a large investment the city council approved. Jobs to place youth in this Summer is only the first support from the business community the partnership requested for the program.
Interviews for the youth are coming up in April and May. Young San Diegans under age 18 just need a work permit to apply for CONNECT2Careers.
Starting on Monday, June 17th, selected youth will fill a position that can change their career.
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