Young Adult Employment and Training

Not every high school student is ready or interested in pursuing postsecondary education directly after graduation. The PIC’s Employment and Training staff connects these young people with quality career pathways, including job training, apprenticeships, employment, and innovative employer-driven career development opportunities.

Outreach and Recruitment

PIC Employment and Training team work directly with the PIC’s school-based Career Specialists and high school guidance staff to identify students who graduate without a plan for their next step.

Assessment and Referral

PIC Employment and Training staff reach out to identified students, assess their interests, skills and future goals, and connect them with the right training or employment opportunities. Due to the scale and variety of opportunities available in Boston, the assessment phase is key.  The Employment and Trainings staff continue to work with the young adults through multiple training and employment experiences to help them eliminate barriers and grow into their career pathways.

Network Building

The PIC’s work reconnecting young adults to school and career opportunities provides policy and practice insights for the Opportunity Youth Collaborative, a collective impact initiative that aligns goals and strategies across sectors. In that initiative, The PIC engages with community colleges and workforce training program providers to understand young adults’ specific assets and needs.

For more information on the PIC’s Employment and Training initiatives, contact Kathy Hamilton, Youth Transitions Director, or any of the staff listed below.