Subsidized Employment Leads to Real Jobs in Long Beach

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Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network Summer Youth Employment Training Program

The Summer Youth Employment Training Program was made possible through federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

More than 285 employers benefited from 209,000 hours of subsidized employment by 1,040 youth who earned more than $1,503,556 in payroll, and spent at least a portion of it at area businesses, schools or training.

Employers in the region found the young adults to be work ready and productive and 30% (285) of the youth were hired in non-subsidized jobs at the end of the program.

“When the subsidized employment ended, we offered participant Melissa Lara a part-time paid position in our legal department,” said Kelsey Hernandez of Amusement Industries, located in North Long Beach. “We found that she was far more of an asset than we could have imagined and we’re excited to keep her on our team.”

The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network’s Summer Youth Employment Training Program (SYETP) was made possible through federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, which provided salaries and workers’ compensation for eligible youth living in the Network’s service areas of Lomita, Long Beach, Signal Hill and Torrance.

“I gained valuable experience and much needed finances to help get me though the summer and save for college,” said Ivan Chavez who worked as a communication intern at the Port of Long Beach. On average, each participant worked about 180 hours.

Employers and youth can connect year round through the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network’s Hire-A-Youth program.  Hire-A-Youth can provided employers with work ready candidates who have lower salary requirements—increasing productivity while minimizing expenses.

For information on hiring work ready youth, please call the Youth Opportunity Center at 562.570.4700.

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