Paid Work Experience Training Offered for Central Maine Youth ages 17 to 24 Bookmark and Share

August 31, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2017

Contact: Peter Diplock, 207-624-5183

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

Ten-week program pairs successful candidates with a local employer for 20 hours a week at $9 per hour, and includes no-cost individualized education and/or mentoring.

AUGUSTA--The Augusta CareerCenter and Capital Area Adult Education are partnering to offer eligible Kennebec County youth a paid work experience that provides education and mentoring in fields related to their career interests. An orientation is scheduled for Monday, September 11, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Augusta Adult & Community Education’s Kennebec Learning Center, 33 Union Street in Augusta. Call 626-2470 for more information and to register.

"We know that our economy needs workers, and we also know that the earlier we can connect young people to employment, the more successful they are in staying employed throughout their lifetimes," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our summer youth employment program in Central Maine accomplishes both these goals. This is a win-win for our youth and our employers."

The Working2Succeed program is a 10-week paid work experience open to Kennebec County residents between the ages of 17 to 24 who are unemployed or underemployed, or are working on obtaining their HiSET diploma or getting ready to go to college, or are parenting, or are homeless, or have a documented disability.

Successful candidates will take part in no-cost individualized education and/or mentoring, and are matched with local employers based on their individual career-interest assessment results. Participants will then work 20 hours per week with the local employer at $9 per hour. Candidates must provide work eligibility documents and have reliable transportation.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

The Augusta CareerCenter, located at 21 Enterprise Dr., Augusta, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information on CareerCenter services is available at www.mainecareercenter.gov .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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