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The Youth Business Connector is a tool that allows businesses and educators to connect students to Work-Based Learning Opportunities.

Work-Based Learning Opportunities listed on this site can only be accessed through an EDUCATOR MEMBER.

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EMPLOYER INFOrmation

As a community, we understand the importance of partnering with local businesses to provide workplace experiences and how it positively impacts the future of our youth. This not only adds value to students, but also to your business!

Benefits for employers: Opportunity to build and improve talent pipeline Demonstrate commitment to community and further corporate social responsibility agenda while promoting workforce diversity Promote careers in demand in the Charlotte region and help students realize the opportunities in our community Bridge the youth skills gap by connecting the classroom to real-world experiences Engage students who may become future employees

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EDUCATOR INFORMATION

As an educator, you play a critical role in preparing students for success in school and beyond. Your support of this effort is crucial to our future workforce – your students. Your influence spans beyond the intellectual teachings in the classroom. In today’s competitive world, the workplace needs individuals with a high level of 21st century skills. Most young people entering the workforce are not prepared and lack both the hard and soft skills needed to be successful. Work-based learning (WBL) provides students the opportunity to acquire these skills and links classroom learning to workplace achievement.

Benefits for educators: Makes education more relevant and valuable to youth Expands curriculum and learning facilities Enhances the ability to meet the needs of diverse student populations May enhance students’ retention Promotes faculty interaction with the community Learn about careers in demand in the Charlotte area that will assist you in helping your students make informed career choices.

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STUDENT INFORMATION

If you know what career path you want to take, WBL helps you to further explore your interests. It can also let you know if a particular career isn’t your best choice. In addition, WBL shows you exactly how what you’re doing in your classrooms connects to the world of work.

Benefits for students: Connects you to career mentors Improves your motivation Helps you explore career options Helps you make better decisions about your future career Helps you understand workplace expectations Knowing what Charlotte area careers are hot will help you make informed decisions about your future education and career.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get paid for this?

Not all work-based learning (WBL) experiences are paid. You may receive a small wage or stipend for participating in some internships, apprenticeships and cooperatives, but it depends on your program and employer.

How old do I have to be to participate?

Job-shadowing: you must be at least 14 years of age. Internships and some apprenticeships: you must be at least 16 years of age. Cooperative education: you must be at least 18 years of age.

How does a student under the age of 18 obtain a work permit?

There are a variety of laws and guidelines governing the employment of minors in the State of North Carolina. The Youth Business Connector does not conduct background checks of the Employer Members posting work-based learning opportunities. It is the responsibility of the Educator Members to vet the organizations to which their students are referred.

What if we have employees who want to continue in some type of mentoring relationship with a student after the internship or other WBL opportunity ends?

Great! We encourage ongoing career mentoring with our students and youth. We ask that you inform the educators of your ongoing mentoring relationship and that you share all of your success stories for us to post on the YBC.

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