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Summer Youth Employment Program: A win-win for business and working teens | Opinion

January 4, 2019 | Filed under: CareerSource Broward News

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Can you remember your very first job? I know I can. When I was a teenager growing up in Germany, I was hired by a local recycling company through a program designed to assist adolescents with finding employment during the summer. The job was hard work, and as you can probably imagine, I learned a lot about trash. However, the experience I received as a young man was so invaluable, and it was because of my first job that I decided to one day run a business of my own.

As the proud general manager of the historic Riverside Hotel in downtown Fort Lauderdale, I know first-hand how important it is to not only hire the best when it comes to talent, but also how essential it is for businesses to have access to a skilled workforce within their very own communities. With job openings at a record high, now is the perfect time for South Florida employers to start investing in the future, and instead of hiring candidates from big cities like Atlanta, New York or Dallas, companies should be making a concerted effort to help develop and mentor the young talent we currently have in our own backyard.

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