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If workers are the cogs, employers are the machine, and machines operate at their optimum level when their many components are high-quality and built to last.

This is why it is of utmost importance that employers invest early and heavily in supporting the development of the up-and-coming workforce. Involvement with those preparing young people for employment, such as schools and vocational programs, can drive them to offering programs that develop skills which are in demand within the business community.

Included here is information on the importance and possibilities for supporting a burgeoning workforce.

Apprenticeship programs re-emerge with stronger ROI for companies - Around the U.S., companies are waking up to the ROI potential that [apprenticeships] offer. While apprenticeships have traditionally focused on blue-collar occupations, there are a growing number of industries that are focused on training the next generation of skilled professionals.

Connecting Youth & Business - This toolkit is part of a larger effort, driven by the White House Council for Community Solutions, that focuses on re-engaging opportunity youth. The toolkit was created to guide employers, step-by-step, on working with opportunity youth, with the goals of 1) helping youth find pathways that will lead to productive adulthoods; 2) creating benefits to the businesses that engage opportunity youth; and 3) improving community outcomes which can lead to decreasing the financial burden now experienced by the American taxpayer and the United States.

Creating Quality Work-based Learning - The Seven Simple Guidelines presented in this guide focus on the “must-haves” for quality experiences that have powerful impacts on the career development potential for youth and young adults.

Inclusive Internship Programs: A How-to Guide for Employers from the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Dept of Labor - Public and private employers of all sizes can reference this guide to learn about the benefits associated with facilitating inclusive internship programs as well as the components to consider when designing, implementing, and evaluating these programs.

MAKING Youth Employment WORK: Essential Elements for a Successful Strategy - Young adults are solving key talent and business problems for U.S. employers. Here are the secrets to their success.

Making Youth Employment Work For Businesses and Young Adults - With much of the workforce nearing retirement at a time when many industries are experiencing rapid growth, the United States’ ability to remain competitive is at risk. Any future success will depend on how well the nation works together to develop youth and young adults for the jobs of tomorrow.

Mentoring: at the crossroads of education, business and community - The power and promise of private sector engagement in youth mentoring

Pathways for Youth Employment: Federal Resources for Employers - This handbook outlines a number of federal resources available to organizations that offer entry-level opportunities to young adults, including at-risk youth. Many of these resources are available to all employers, including private businesses, non-profits, faith and secular community-based organizations, public agencies, Indian tribes, labor organizations and academic institutions. Additional resources may be available on a state and regional level.

ROI & Cost-Benefit Analysis - In four key steps, this guide will help you to: 1) Measure the social and business value of your opportunity youth initiative, 2) Understand what costs are involved, 3) Learn how to estimate your ROI, 4) Access helpful tools and resources and learn howpartner organizations can help

Taking the Lead: Empowering Business to Employ More Youth - In order to tap young talent, businesses need to play a more intentional leadership role in preparing youth that extends beyond simply serving on an advisory board.

What to look for when hiring a teenager - from Inside Business, The Hampton Roads Business Journal

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT CHALLENGE AND SOLUTIONS What Business Can Do Now - Employers have a direct interest in making investments that will improve young people’s ability to succeed in the world of work. In this paper, ManpowerGroup looks at the youth employment challenge from the talentcentric perspective of the Human Age.