It's not always easy, when you're young, to determine what career path to take or what your interests are. You might be unsure of what you want to do or how to go about doing it. The GET2WORK program helps youth face this new beginning by helping to define and achieve goals.
The GET2WORK: Out of School Youth Program serves individuals between the ages of 18 and 21, who are seeking employment or have a goal of post-secondary education. The transition from school to work is much easier to navigate when you have the necessary tools and information to guide you through the process.
Once enrolled, youth receive one-on-one assistance to develop online job searching skills, create a resume, fill out applications and learn effective interviewing tips. The program also covers a variety of other topics, like basic skills assessment, employer expectations, career exploration and budgeting.
There are two job placement opportunities for participants within GET2WORK: Paid work experience or on-the-job training. Paid work experience is a temporary job placement that incorporates practical work experience in combination with workshops and job search time. The goal of this placement is to determine the interests and career goals of the youth so they can later be placed in a work experience that aligns with those goals. Youth will get real work experience, a job to add to the resume and a professional reference. Job placement settings can include: industry, childcare centers, local government offices and other local businesses.
The second job placement opportunity in GET2WORK is the On-The-Job training program. OJTs typically are available to youth who have some job experience but need additional training. An employer hires the youth for a specified position and is reimbursed for some of the youth's wages to offset training costs. We've seen this grow into a successful collaboration in our community.
Those who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education can develop a plan with our GET2WORK staff. The plan includes researching schools and courses of study that align with their career goals as well as learning about financial aid and post secondary requirements.
Youth are supported by GET2WORK staff throughout the program and contact is consistently made after a youth is employed or enrolled in school. Enrollment is based on income eligibility. Program participants also must be out of school or close to attaining their Commonwealth Secondary Diploma. Youth with the goal of completing the GED must do so before job placement and are referred to the TIU Career Pathways classes at CareerLink.
The GET2WORK program and other services provided at Mifflin County CareerLink equip young adults with the skills and training needed to help them succeed in today's competitive job market. Many of our youth have found gainful employment by participating in our program.
If you know someone between the ages of 18 and 21 in need of a new beginning, call me at 248-4942 ext. 209, at 348-3228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.