Provided by Workforce Solutions South Plains:
Area employers need to begin filling open summer positions now to prepare for the upcoming surge in the need for quality employees in service industries such as retail, restaurant and other full and part-time employment needs. Employers who register with Workforce Solutions South Plains will have the opportunity to have candidates who have already been prescreened and matched to their employment needs, applying for those open positions.
Youth unemployment is a cause for concern because without work experiences many youth will lack soft work skills, such as knowing how to interact with employers and coworkers, and they will not be able to develop specific job skills that will make them marketable in the workplace as adults.
Statistics and basic resource information for consideration:
I. According to the Dept of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics:
II. As summer approaches, the number of teenagers looking for work increases dramatically.
III. Teens interested in job-search assistance and career resources should contact Workforce Solutions South Plains toll free at 1-866-765-5038 or by visiting www.spworkforce.org.
IV. Employers should go to www.youthrules.dol.gov to review wage and hour laws and regulations enforced by the U.S. Dept of Labor.
V. The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) supports a market-driven system through the provision of services targeted to meet employers' needs and through services tailored for the unemployed, the underemployed, at-risk youth and those who have received a notice of termination, with special emphasis placed on the economically disadvantaged.
VI. The National Career Readiness Certificate program helps employers who participate by providing them with potential employees - youth high school juniors, seniors and out-of-school youth - who have already been assessed for their level and aptitudes for skills needed to be highly-trainable employees. The NCRC initiative also gives youth a resource for gaining leverage when applying for work.
VII.Of special concern are out-of-school youth.
Workforce Solutions South Plains offers solutions:
Teens, parents and employers should educate themselves on child labor laws, including safety regulations.
Visit TWC's site at www.texasworkforce.org to learn more about child labor laws, and more free online job resources.