Become a Work Experience Partner for Youth & Young Adults

Training Tomorrow’s Workforce Today

At CareerSource North Central Florida, we work every day to ensure our business community has access to trained, vetted talent. A key component to that process is building a pipeline of young individuals ready to take their place in the workforce. That’s why CareerSource North Central Florida provides the Youth Work Experience program to employers in Alachua and Bradford counties.

What is the Work Experience Program?

Each year, over 30 locals businesses choose to become a Youth Work Experience worksite. Youth Work Experience provides area employers with access to talented youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 at no cost to the employer. Employers work with a dedicated team to create training plans and work experience opportunities that train youth in high-demand fields. The program enables businesses to grow their bottom-line without increasing their overhead and participants to grow their resume experience while earning wages and gaining new skills.

CareerSource NCFL provides:

  • Paid and unpaid work experience through community partners
  • Employability skills training
  • Career and educational guidance
  • Support services
  • Occupational skills training

A Business-Driven Experience

As one of our 30+ worksite employers, you will have access to a dedicated business services team. Together, we’ll carefully curate, train, and refine top youth talent prospects to place in your business.

From there, you will receive access to our entire suite of no-cost services and a full-time team of professionals available to support you through the duration of your participation. Benefits include:

You Decide Who to Hire

While you work with our business services team, we’ll work with our career developers to identify youth who have been prepped, vetted, and are ready to work. We’ll present you with candidates who you can review and even interview. At the end of the process, you decide who you want to train.

100% of Wages Covered

As an approved Youth Work Experience worksite, you’re in charge. You set the wages and work schedule, and we handle payroll and workers compensation eliminating costly overhead for you. We cover wages for up to 480 hours (approximately 12 weeks full time). Not sure what to pay? Our team can even recommend wages based on current local labor market data.

A New Perspective

Working with youth and young adults is often a rewarding mentoring experience. While you teach them new soft and trade skills, you, the employer, will gain a new perspective from your time with our participants. Young adults bring fresh ideas, unique strengths, and a motivation to deliver on goals for their employer. Mentors of youth find satisfaction knowing they are contributing to the future success of not only the young adult, but to the future workforce.

Safe, Secure, Credible

As an employer working with CareerSource North Central Florida, you will receive our commitment to provide you safe, secure and credible individuals. Upon request, we can provide programs to ensure your business is covered for any liability or risk.

How can I get started?

To learn more about the program or get started as a worksite, contact us today and request an appointment. We’ll contact you within 2 business days to schedule a one-on-one meeting to identify your goals, make a plan, and see if your business is eligible to work with one of our youth participants.