Workforce Solutions for North Central PA Inc. was awarded funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to support the 2019 State/Local Internship Program (PA SLIP) in its six-county region of Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties.
With a regional unemployment rate of 4.88 percent (December of 2018) and a looming population crisis creating a threat of a labor force shortage, the SLIP internship presents a strategy to assist in retaining local youth and making them aware of the career opportunities in their own backyard.
The goal of SLIP is to expose youth to the many career opportunities in the region that will encourage them to stay or return after high school or post-secondary education providing local employers with a workforce into the future.
This is an opportunity for an employer to engage local youth and provide them with a positive and meaningful experience. Eligible employers include for-profit and or non-profit employers.
Eligible interns must be between the ages of 16 and 24. The internship must pay a minimum of $10.35 per hour, and be at least an eight-week experience for 37.5-40 hours per week.
Recruitment of interns will be up to each individual employer. Employers will be reimbursed for wages paid to each approved internship at $10.35 per hour for eight weeks.
There is also an employer match requirement this year that is explained in more detail in the application. Employers must complete an application for each internship position and submit to Workforce Solutions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application and criteria can be found on Workforce Solutions Web site at https://workforcesolutionspa.com (under Resources/Employer Resources).
Applications are due by March 4, 2019. If anyone has any questions, please contact their office at 814-245-1835 or at email@example.com.