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What does it mean to become a participating worksite?
A worksite provides work experience, training, mentoring, and supervision to youth participants. Ferndale Career Center (FCC) – part of Ferndale Public Schools, pays the wages and is responsible for primary workers compensation for all participants. It doesn’t cost the employers anything except their time.

Is there any cost associated with participation as a worksite?
No. Wages and primary workman’s compensation is paid for through the Ferndale Career Center, so we can offer you interns at absolutely no cost to you.

What must I do to become a participating worksite?
Contact Kyrsten Rue (248) 586-8924 at the Ferndale Career Center to set up a meeting to go into further detail about the program.  Or, you can download the Worksite Application Form (PDF file). Review this Worksite Agreement (PDF file) prior to contacting Kyrsten.

Is there a deadline for submitting a worksite application?
No, the Ferndale Career Center is always accepting applications for new worksites.

Can I expect that every position description I post in my application will be filled?
Unfortunately, the Ferndale Career Center (FCC) may not fill all open positions. The FCC strives to fill as many open positions as there are youth participants. If your positions are not filled, your company/business may be contacted at anytime to participate as a worksite.

What types of jobs should I be posting?
Ferndale Career Center anticipates placing young adult participants with a wide variety of work experience and work interests. Feel free to post any job and the FCC will attempt to match appropriate youth to meet your needs. The age range of participants is 14 to 21 years old.

Am I obligated to take-on the youth participants referred to me?
No. You may interview and choose to accept only those meeting your needs.

What are the expectations of worksites?
As a worksite, you agree to:

  • Encourage the personal development of each youth
  • Ensure that time records are accurate for the actual hours worked by the youth
  • Regularly communicate with the Ferndale Career Center staff
  • Provide a meaningful work experience
  • Provide training as necessary
  • Provide at least one performance evaluation for each participant
  • Provide supervision of participants at all times (alternate supervisors may be identified)
  • Follow all labor laws, including child labor laws for youth ages 17 and younger
  • Provide positive adult role models

We will go into more detail with you about the provisions of our program when we schedule a worksite orientation.

Can I hire the participant after the program is completed?
Yes! Ferndale Career Center strongly encourages worksites to consider their participants for employment opportunities after the program is completed. Many businesses find the program to be an ideal opportunity to evaluate a prospective employee at no cost to their company or business.

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