Routt County The Colorado Workforce Center will be sponsoring a youth labor roundtable luncheon on Wednesday.
The group is hopeful that the meeting will bring area employers on board with helping to foster summer youth employment opportunities in Routt County.
"The summer youth job hunt is getting under way and we want to provide employers the opportunity to ask questions about hiring students," Workforce Marketing Representative Carel Nickey said. "Most employers have questions about youth labor laws and we're prepared to help them follow the regulations."
The Workforce Center has invited John Holmes, a representative from the Denver Department of Labor Standards, to speak at the event.
"Mr. Holmes will be discussing things like labor laws, wage law, the minimum wage order and Youth Employment Opportunity Act," Nickey said. "This luncheon is in response to the governor's summer youth program that will be launched at the state level on April 28."
The Colorado Workforce Center is acting as an agent in Gov. Owens' summer youth program. The center will help match employers with teens who are interested in working while on summer break from school.
"We want to offer students a wide range of employment opportunities and exposures. Students can not only earn money, but have experiences they may want to pursue as careers in the future," Nickey said. "The most important aspect of hiring a student is it gives them opportunities to be exposed to holding a job."
Nickey said hiring a teen-ager for the summer can be beneficial in many ways to area employers.
"As a community, we need to help our youth find productive activity, a sense of value and develop good relationships," she said. "There are a lot of misunderstood teen-agers out there and this also gives adults an opportunity to see these kids are bright, energetic and can do a good job."
With Routt County's current labor shortage, Nickey said that teens are a great employment boon for busy summer industries like tourism and construction.
"We need to tap into youth to fulfill the labor shortage," she said. "Employers need to become more creative in fulfilling the needs they have. We are an all-season resort community and we need to look to our own community first when filling vacant positions."
This is the first roundtable luncheon offered by the Workforce Center, but if successful, the center plans to hold an event each quarter of the year.
"We want to encourage employers to tell us what they need. We need their input and then we'll go to work to help them solve those needs," Nickey said. "I think this is an excellent opportunity for employers to ask questions and get sound answers about youth labor."
The Colorado Workforce Center will be sponsoring a youth labor roundtable luncheon for local employers. The luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday at Olympian Hall. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Register by calling Carel Nickey at 879-3075, by 5 p.m., Monday.
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