Carroll County Workforce Development is seeking business partners to work with youth through a summer paid work program that begins July 7 and lasts six weeks.
The Youth Summer Jobs Program, open to everyone, is for county youth who have never worked or who have one or more barriers to employment, such as shyness.
Most participants in the summer program are between 16 and 18 years old. This year, the program plans to employ a minimum of 15 children, according to a press release.
Carroll County Workforce Development, an office of the county’s Department of Economic Development, provides career guidance and opportunities for young people to gain meaningful work experience with Carroll businesses, while being paid through labor grants county work, eliminating the financial risk for business partners. Participants will earn $12.50 per hour.
Students will work directly with assigned companies four days a week and in the Workforce Development Center one day a week to learn critical skills such as teamwork, budgeting and finance, communication , goal setting, customer service, time management and stress management, according to Tammy. Haines, Carroll County Workforce Development Employment Services Supervisor.
The Workforce Development office also helps participants with resumes and interview skills to prepare them to move into a permanent position.
Haines called the summer program an opportunity for students to learn what it’s like to be in the “world of work without requiring them to commit heavily.”
In 2021, the program served 21 students who were placed at 12 companies for summer work experience, Haines said.
“The students were shy and reserved at first, but by the end everyone was comfortable and enjoying their time,” she said.
Carroll County Workforce Development tries to match applicants with their interests so they can explore potential career choices for the future.
“The summer program provides a great opportunity for the business mentor to introduce a young person to a possible career and help build their confidence,” said Heather Powell, a department manager. In addition, it provides a temporary workforce that the company needs so badly.
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Legacy Septic, a commercial and residential septic service company in Westminster, began participating in the program in 2015 and has recruited student interns nearly every summer since.
Theresa Saunders, an administrative assistant at the company, said the program is “definitely a positive experience” for the students, as well as for Legacy Septic.
“It was really great for the kids we had,” Saunders said. “It’s not just about work. We teach them how to communicate with the public and we guide them.
Students are encouraged to try everything from dealing with customers to finding and filing information.
“It benefits us because it helps us stay on top of our customers,” Saunders said, “but we’re really here to help students more than they are to help us.”
Carroll County Workforce Development is currently recruiting students to join the Summer Program Business Partners. For more information, contact Youth Program Coordinator Eileen Vozzella at 410-386-2807 or [email protected] Haines can also be reached at 410-386-2831 or [email protected] for more information.