With unemployment rates low, thoughts turn to ways to improve incomes such as apprenticeships and internships. Institute for Apprenticeships / Flickr
Lowcountry businesses to hire students this summer as part of the Mayor’s Youth Employment Challenge
The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the City of Charleston launched the Mayor’s Youth Employment Challenge, a program urging Lowcountry businesses to hire a total of 1,000 high school and college students this summer, each to hire at least two with a minimum of 12 hours of work per week and pay them a reasonable wage.
“What better opportunity do we have to train students and to build our workforce than through real, hands-on experience, summer job opportunities and employment?” said Mayor John Tecklenburg. And to provide some mentorship, he added. “Not just to put them to work with a road job, but to give them some guidance and mentorship and help them learn a new skill and get ready to be in the workplace.”
The mayor also said the city was committed to hiring 51 youth employees, composed of at least 36 high school students and 12 college students.
Businesses have started to take up the challenge such as Charleston Southern University which pledged to hire 50 students, and Donut Connection, which committed to hiring two students.
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