Marlborough – Mayor Arthur Vigeant announced that the City of Marlborough and Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce, Inc. (PSW) will team up once again for the third year of the Youth Employment Program for residents ages 16-19.
This initiative allows Marlborough youth to gain valuable skills and work experience to assist in their development and help provide some guidance on what career paths they may have an interest in. As part of this program, students are required to complete several hours of classroom instruction where they will learn about general expectations and responsibilities in today's workforce.
“The Youth Employment Program has benefitted nearly 30 students since we first launched this initiative in 2012 and, for many, it was their very first job,” Vigeant said. “I am grateful to our City Council for funding this program and to our local businesses for making this a true public-private partnership we can all be proud of.”
The City of Marlborough will be hiring 10 students to work in a variety of departments throughout the city. In addition, the program is seeking local businesses to participate and hire additional students. All students will be paid $8 per hour and will work 25 hours per week for six weeks.
Kelley French, director, Young Adult Employment Initiative at PSW, said job readiness instruction and having a career specialist to support youth and employers throughout the work experience makes this program different than most.
“Everyone remembers their first job. Our goal is to ensure that students” gain as much as possible from this experience to set them up for greater success in the future,” French said.
Applications will be available in the guidance offices of Marlborough High School (431 Bolton St.) and Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (215 Fitchburg St.), as well as the Marlborough Public Library (35 W. Main St.). Students, parents, or local businesses interested in participating or who have questions can call Kelley French at 508-281-6910, ext. 4.