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Youth Employment is the Focus of Workforce Development Week 7/11-7/15

July 12, 2016 EMPLOYERS, PRESS, YOUTH   + SHARE THIS

Press Release

Capital Workforce Partners Kicks Off National Youth Workforce Development Week to Celebrate Next Generation of Labor

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, JULY 11, 2016 - Piggybacking off of the success of the first ever Workforce Development Week in April, the Workforce Development Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors is kicking off a similar campaign this week targeted at celebrating efforts to put America's youth to work.

As a the North Central Region Workforce Development Board providing services for 37 municipalities including Hartford, East Hartford, New Britain, Manchester and Bristol, Capital Workforce Partners kicks off Youth Workforce Development Week by featuring on its social media platforms many of the young people who have found success in its in-school and out-of-school youth, collaborative programming.

"This week, not only are we celebrating Workforce Development Week, focusing on Youth Employment, beginning Monday we have over 1,500 youth in the region kick starting their career pathways, by heading out to summer jobs,” said Tom Phillips, president and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners. “For some it may be their first or second job – and one that may help shape their future careers.”  One of our greatest responsibilities as the nation's leader in workforce development is to ensure that the next generation of workers are well-prepared to meet the demands of the businesses that have a growing need for skilled labor."

Nationally, more than 5 million young people are both out of school and out of work, which has created a need for workforce development professionals to prioritize the responsibility of partnering with the business community to provide meaningful, paid work experiences to help America's youth develop the skills necessary to succeed in today's world of work.

The week-long campaign for Youth Workforce Development Week challenges Workforce Development Boards, operators, and partners to engage in strategic efforts to promote the collaborations, innovative approaches and the success they've had at preparing youth for career opportunities and matching them with businesses in their region. The campaign runs from July 11 - 15 and uses the social media hashtag #WkDevWeek.

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About Youth Workforce Development Week 

The week of July 11 - 15 was commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Mayor's Workforce Development Council to help workforce development boards avoid being best-kept-secrets to the young job seekers and businesses in their regions.

Workforce Development Boards serve as connectors between the U.S. Department of Labor and the more than 2,500 local American Job Centers that deliver services to the nation's youth and employers.

The boards are responsible for overseeing the local job training and job matching programs mandated by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which requires strategic partnerships among local businesses, education institutions, community organizations and organized labor to create a workforce system that generates economic opportunity for their respective communities.

Celebrating Youth Workforce Development Week allows industry professionals to draw attention to the significance their work has on the greater welfare of society by helping young people become more attractive to businesses, which helps those same businesses establish the foundation needed to grow and thrive.