About the Program
What will I be doing if I participate with this program?
There are many activities involved in the Ferndale Career Center’s Youth Program. Each participant will meet with a case manager to determine what plan of action is best for them. We offer a Work Experience/Internship Activity, Occupational Skills Training (in the classroom), job search, resume writing, interviewing, labor market research, and career planning assistance. Each customer will be treated on a case by case basis. What’s right for you may be totally different from what’s right for someone else!
Where can I get an application to the program?
You can come into the Ferndale Career Center to fill out an application or you can print it out and bring it in - click here for the application..
Is there a deadline for me to submit my application?
No, the there is not a specific deadline. The Ferndale Career Center will accept applications throughout the year until all program vacancies are filled.
What is the next step after I have submitted my application?
The FCC staff will begin contacting applicants once the application is complete to provide further instructions and to determine program eligibility.
When does the program start?
Before you can start working, you must fill out an application at the Career Center. Before any activity begins (i.e. Work Experience/Internship, Occupational skills training or Job search assistance) you will meet with a case manager to determine the appropriate plan of action. Once you are registered and go through the eligibility process (filling out paperwork, testing and attending an orientation) you may be given the opportunity to interview at a local business. If they are interested in having you as an intern then you will be able to start.
How do I qualify for Ferndale Career Center’s (FCC) Youth Employment Program?
These are the initial qualifications for eligibility.
- You must be at least 14 years of age but no older than 21 years of age on the date you are enrolled.
- Registered with selective service (applicable only to males 18 and older)
- Low income (FCC staff will help you determine your family income)
- If you are 17 or younger, your parent or legal guardian must approve of your participation and come with you to sign all of the paperwork during the eligibility process.
If the Work Experience/Internship activity is the right step for me am I guaranteed a job?
No, not all applicants can be enrolled into the program either due to eligibility requirements or availability of open slots. FCC will place as many youth into jobs as funding will permit.
How many hours can I work if enrolled in the Work Experience/Internship Activity?
You may work up to 40 hours per week, however this number may be adjusted according to our budget. Please note that child labor laws must be followed for all youth ages 17 and younger. This would affect how many hours per week you are allowed to work, especially if you are currently attending school. No youth can work more than 40 hours per week. Youth Employment
How long will the internship last?
The internships last approximately 6-10 weeks, depending on funding.
How much will I be paid?
Pay rates will be based on funding and board approval once participants have been matched to a worksite. The minimum pay rate is $7.40 per hour and the maximum pay rate for supervisory positions will be $10 per hour.
What type of work do participants do?
Our goal for this program is to try and fit our participants into an internship in a field that they are interested in. The only employment opportunities that are prohibited by law are casinos or other gambling establishments, aquariums, zoos, golf courses, and swimming pools. This means there are hundreds of jobs that youth can perform.
What are the hours of work?
Hours of work will depend on each worksite employer and your availability. We do require that you work at least some of your hours during the week between 8am and 3pm so that we are able to monitor you on your worksite.
Does the Youth Employment Program qualify me for Unemployment Insurance?
No, the program is a federally funded subsidized work experience program that does not qualify individuals for Unemployment Insurance.
Will the worksite employer consider me for regular employment after the program is completed?
Many employers do, in fact, hire participants after the program is completed. Think of every day you work during the summertime as an interview with a possible employer. Always show your worksite supervisor that you are the right person for the job. You may find yourself employed with this worksite employer after the program is over!