Program also looking to add additional worksites across the county
Niagara County Employment & Training announced applications are being accepted for the department’s summer youth employment program (SYEP). In order to be considered for the program, applicants must be a county resident, be between 14-20 years-old (must turn 14 by May 14 and cannot turn 21 until after Aug. 27), and meet income guidelines.
“Through this program, we strive to provide young people with the opportunity to earn money and gain meaningful work experience,” said Donald Jablonski, director of Employment & Training. “It is imperative that youth learn and develop the skills, attitudes and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s world of work. Through this program, youth are able to gain exposure to various career industries while interacting with working professionals in a positive work environment.”
Applications for the SYEP are available at high school guidance offices throughout the county, as well as online at www.worksource1.com. They may also be picked up in-person at Niagara County Employment & Training, located at 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls.
Participants in this year’s program will earn $13.50 per hour, one dollar over the state’s current minimum wage. Applications and all related documents are due by May 14. They may be returned the Trott Center, located at 1001 11th St. Niagara Falls; faxed to 716-278-8149; or scanned and emailed to [email protected].
Jablonski also stated that, while there are worksites available throughout the county, more sites are needed, especially in the eastern end and more rural areas of the county.
“As the program is funded through a TANF grant, there is zero cost to the employer,” he said. “The youth are paid directly by our payroll provider, and expenses such as Workers Compensation are completely covered. The responsibility of the worksite is to simply provide meaningful work and supervision, offer 20-29 hours per week to participating youth, and to complete a time sheet weekly and send it to NCET.”
Jablonski noted youth selected for the program are prescreened by Employment & Training staff.
“This is literally free summer help for the employers, an extra set of hands to get things done” he said. “All while helping to mentor the next generation of talent.”
Businesses or organizations interested in learning more about becoming a worksite, or to receive an application to be a worksite, may contact Dawn at 716-278-8182 or by email at [email protected].