Summer may seem a long way off, but in the City of Boston, we’re already gearing up to provide employment opportunities for Boston youth. Not only has Mayor Marty Walsh started making calls to encourage employers to hire a student over the summer, but also the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program officially hit 60 jobs last week, with 43 employers participating.
We congratulate and thank the firms that have signed on already for their support and commitment to developing the future of Boston’s work force. Studies have shown that early employment can have a measurable impact on an individual’s professional career, and that a persistent lack of a paying job can lead to prolonged joblessness. We have also learned that gainful summer employment can reduce the risk of violent and delinquent behaviors in youth.
So the benefits to the teens themselves are fully understood; but what about the firms and companies themselves? What do they gain by employing teenagers?
A recently released report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce outlines some compelling reasons why it is to a company’s advantage to hire a student. Here are just a few of the arguments they cite from their research:
- Hiring students holds the key to developing and opening up a valuable pipeline of talent.
- Young adults can frequently offer critical skills in the workplace that fill in gaps and can take on projects that might otherwise be overlooked.
- The practice of hiring teenagers and young adults can help to increase workplace diversity.
- In a constantly changing, technology-driven world, younger employees can often offer insight into the latest trends and bring in new ideas to reinvigorate innovation.
Need more evidence? Read last year’s student profiles here to find out what they contributed to the firms that hired them and personal testimonials from their supervisors.
If you’re interested in hiring a Boston public high school student through the BBA’s Summer Jobs program, contact Katie D’Angelo at [email protected]