Back in 2014, more than 1,300 young people applied for only 500 available jobs through Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment program. So in 2015, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh joined with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) to launch the “Summer of Learn and Earn” program. The new program delivered paid summer work experience to nearly 2,000 teens and young adults; providing more than $1.3 million in wages to the local economy. Participants also received soft skills and other work-readiness training during the program. Now, youths aged 14 to 21 can apply to participate in this year’s program.
“Learn and Earn” will employ 1,300 youths from the City of Pittsburgh and an additional 700 more from Allegheny County. The work period begins on June 27th and runs through August 5th, 2016. Interested youth may complete the online application at www.jobs4summer.org, or may also visit in-person application sites (click here for a listing) to apply in person. The deadline to apply is May 9, 2016.
The program has three tiers (dependent on prior work experience and demonstrated ability to manage tasks). There are 14 career tracks which have been tailored to meet the needs of growing or trending occupations in the Pittsburgh area. Example tracks include health care, education, park management, recreation, finance and banking and information technology.
Speaking about the program, Mayor Peduto said, “Summer jobs not only provide spending money, but introduce young people to possible careers in the Pittsburgh area’s growing economy. The ‘Summer of Learn and Earn’ is a great example of how government and our business and foundation partners are working together to give our region’s youth opportunities to build their resumes and prepare for life after school is over.”
If you are or know a young person who could use the money, experience, and new skills provided by “Learn and Earn,” you can learn more about the program at the website here.