July 13, 2018

2018 employment program to serve 1,300 youths

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
KeyBank Corporate Responsibility Officer LaKisha Jordan works with Hillhouse High School sophomore Shynes Moore at the Peabody Museum during a KeyBank mentoring program.

More than 1,000 youths in Greater Hartford will begin working on Monday under a summer career readiness program aimed at training young people for jobs in high-demand sectors.

Hartford's Capital Workforce Partners, the state's workforce development board in North Central Connecticut, will administer the six-week job program, connecting 1,300 youths between the ages of 14 and 24 to hundreds of worksites.

The Capital City contributed $1 million to the program, while the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving provided more than $400,000. The state, its labor unit department and the American Savings Foundation and other groups also provided funding for the workforce program.

"Investing in Connecticut's youth is about educating tomorrow's workforce, keeping our state competitive and building upon our economic development strategies," state Department of Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby said.

Under the program, employers will help young people develop management, communications and teamwork skills. The program also aims to build confidence in participants to communicate in a professional environment as many prepare for life after high school.

Organizers say the program especially focuses on Hartford residents ages 16 to 24 who are disconnected from the education system in need of competency training and education support.

This year's employment program will serve more youths compared to 2017 when it was reduced due to state budget cuts, Capital Workforce says.

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