The spring hiring season is quickly approaching for youth summer jobs. Employers traditionally begin looking for youth to fill their summer seasonal positions beginning in April and these jobs usually last through mid August.
Many employers throughout the State of Texas are participating in the Department of Labor’s “Summer Jobs+” program announced by President Obama on January 5, 2012. This program is designed to help many low-income youth ages 16 – 24 find great employment, internship, and mentorship opportunities. They can earn more than just a paycheck. They can learn valuable job readiness skills that will compliment their educational pathways and prepare them to enter the workforce permanently for what will hopefully be a long and productive career of their choice.
To compete for these jobs youth job-seekers need to prepare now. One way to do this is by accessing their local Workforce Solutions office. Here they can create resumes, participate in job-readiness workshops, and learn how to actually find the right job for them using a variety of labor market tools. Workforce Solutions also offers additional resources to help youth continue their educational pursuits and career assessment planning.
To find local area employers participating in the Summer Jobs+ program click on the link. HEB has committed to hiring 5,171 youth. CVS is seeking to recruit 20,000 youth nationally and Starbucks Coffee Company will be offering a variety of positions to 25,000 youth nationally. These are just a few of the companies participating. Let’s make this the best summer yet.
Darren Giles-Bey serves as the Front End Supervisor for the Workforce Solutions – Lake Jackson. With over two decades of combined experience in the retail, logistics, and workforce development industries, Darren helps businesses attract the best human capital through recruitment, training, and positive coaching. As a strong advocate for youth, he spends countless hours each month researching, writing, and educating youth on workforce issues in order to prepare them to enter the workforce successfully.