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Youth Employment and Steps to Success
Maine is facing a workforce challenge. With historically low unemployment – under 4 percent for 29 consecutive months – the YES Campaign focuses on the many opportunities for teens in Maine. Young workers learn how to work well with others, to respect and have self-control, and develop good time-management skills and personal responsibility---all important attributes that will serve them well in their personal, educational and professional lives.
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Say “YES” to that First Job
Youth Employment and the Steps to success seeks to boost youth employment this summer. We will help young people think about what employment “Steps” mean to their personal definition of “Success” – work, pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, college, trades school, career paths, etc.
Introducing teens into the workforce helps:
- Build confidence, self-reliance and independence;
- Understand the responsibility and value of having their own money; and
- Cultivates soft skills that many employers crave in today’s workers.
Together with our partners, we’ll:
- Increase the number of work permits issued by 50% (4,261 in 2017);
- Support, promote and encourage 14- and 15-year-olds as they search for that first job;
- Improve the efficiency of the Work Permit process;
- Educate employers how they can be a part of building Maine’s future workforce; and
- Leverage every possible resource to forward these goals.
YES, it’s that Easy
Employer must have a stamped, approved work permit on file before allowing any minor under 16 years old to work.
- Minor has a promise of a job
- Minor brings proof of age and parental permission to school superintendent’s office
- Superintendent’s office completes Work Permit and submits to Maine Department of Labor (MDOL).
- MDOL reviews Work Permit to ensure minor is of legal age and that the occupation is safe.
- MDOL validates the Work Permit and returns a copy to the superintendent’s office.
- Superintendent’s office provides a copy for the employer.
The minor cannot work until the Department of Labor approves the Work Permit.