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May 29, 2018

State program will help teens land their first summer job

Several Maine executive branch departments plan to announce on Wednesday a new state initiative to help teens connect with their first job this summer.

The "Yes Campaign" is seen as a way to help Maine's tourism industry — which, along with many other business sectors, is challenged by historically low unemployment that' been under 4% for 29 consecutive months — as well as highlight how "saying 'yes' to that first job" can help teens gain valuable life skills for future success.

According to a news release, Maine's departments of Labor, Education and Economic and Community Development are partnering with the nonprofit JMG to promote teen employment in safe occupations statewide.

The agencies have scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Maine Department of Labor's Frances Perkins Room, 45 Commerce Drive, in Augusta to explain their collaborative effort to help teens build work-readiness and life skills as they join Maine's future workforce.

In a link on the Maine CareerCenter's website, the partners outline some of the elements of the initiative, including:

  • Setting a goal of increasing the number of work permits issued this summer for teens by 50% (4,261 issued in 2017).
  • Improving the efficiency of the work permit process.
  • Educating employers on how they can be part of building Maine's future workforce.
  • Supporting, promoting and encouraging 14- and 15-year-olds as they search for their first job.
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