Exploring the roles of schools and employers in school-to-work programs: a case study of the City of Burbank’s youth employment programs

With the impending retirement of many baby boomers, it is vital to prepare young people for jobs in the public sector. The transition from school-to-work can be facilitated through programs such as apprenticeships, internships, job shadowing and mentorship opportunities. These various programs are usually coordinated through a partnership between the school district and a private or public agency willing to participate. However, the success of these programs is not entirely dependent upon a mutual partnership and it is possible for an employer to develop an effective program on their own. By examining the youth employment programs of the City of Burbank, California as a case study, we can see an example of a public agency that has developed a long-term successful youth employment program without the partnership of the local school district. By surveying participants who have successfully completed the program, data can be collected to represent the effectiveness of the program in its ability to aid students in obtaining employment.

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