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Area youth offered career, education support

| November 25, 2021 1:00 AM

Out-of-school youth between ages 16 and 24 now have numerous opportunities to learn new skills and increase their earnings through apprenticeships, on-the-job and vocational training and much more thanks to a federal program managed by the Idaho Department of Labor.

“Qualified individuals have so many options with this program,” said Keith Whiting, career planner.

Hundreds of young people are already benefitting from the program, with more than 1,000 served during the past two years. The state of Idaho receives annual funding — around $2.8 million in 2021 — in Idaho Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds to offer these services.

“It’s a partnership with youth to identify their interests while working together to achieve their career goals.” Whiting said. “The career planner meets with or talks to the individual on a regular basis and helps guide the process as a mentor.”

Labor staff connect qualified youth with everything from education and training resources and paid work experience to skills testing and job search assistance, job and career fairs.

To be eligible, participants must be 16-24 years of age, an Idaho resident, authorized to work in the U.S., and not attending any school.

Job seekers interested in learning more about the program or who wish to speak to a career planner can request an appointment at Walk-in hours and personal appointments with a workforce consultant are now available at more than 50 mobile locations throughout Idaho. To find the nearest location visit directory.

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