Matching youth to employment
Business Employment Skills Team (B.E.S.T. Inc.), which serves Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam and Whiteside counties, was awarded a grant from the state of Illinois in the amount of $240,000 to assist youth in finding employment.
This grant allows for 75 youth to be employed with various businesses over this eight-county area. Fifty-five youth have already taken advantage of this program and found employment at parks, hotels, nursing homes, day cares, not-for profit agencies, grocery stores and other retail outlets, and schools; they are making $9 an hour. A limited number of youth ages 16-24 may still apply for employment by going to www.illinoisworknet.org or by calling 815-433-4550 to find the location of the nearest office. Youth will also receive instruction in work readiness skills while being employed.
Employers who may be interested in hiring one of these youth may also call 815-872-0255 and ask for Mike for more information. The employer will have no out-of-pocket expense.
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