Posters and flyers are not enough. They are largely ignored by young people, and people in general. Classroom and vocational instructors can conduct lessons. Still, others need to be out in the community where the teens are and can feel they are important enough to warrant that more individualized attention.
It is critical to provide hands on real world learning experiences prior to teens entering the workforce for the first time. This can include learning from a guest speaker from an industry they are interested in, having an internship, job shadowing, or taking a tour of a workplace.
Our high school already requires a semester-long careers class. Ensure that important information teens need about what jobs they can and cannot do, the hours they may work, pay requirements, workplace hazards they may encounter, and any other work-related concerns they may have is included as part of that curriculum.
How will students get to site work place
Who will be responsible to injury or damage
Will workplace require drug testing
Will students receive some type of certification
A focus purely on education blinds our students to a world of opportunity that is available to them. As an STEM Automotive Teacher I see so many talented students convinced... more »
When training teens to prepare to enter the workforce, it is critical that they receive training on advocating for themselves in the workplace, disclosing a disability (if applicable) and requesting accommodations if needed. These are critical skills to educate teens on to ensure they feel prepared and confident to enter the workforce.
I am the Structured Learning Experience/Work Based Learning Experience Coordinator for Brick Memorial High School, in Brick, N.J. I am the Coordinator for the internship program for individuals with Special Needs. Myself, along with two of our community partners created a paid internship program with federal /state money for our students to work at one of our most-valued worksites; Seeds of Service in Brick,... more »
Having an online forum where teens can ask questions or get answers to their work related questions in plain-english would help them understand their rights and advocate for themselves. I have experienced first hand the difference in many work places for teens, especially those dealing with tips and tip-pools but the rules are constantly changing and find an answer can be difficult.