Services for Young People
The Maine Department of Labor supports a wide variety of programs to ensure that all youth have the skills and training they need to successfully make the transition to adulthood and careers. These programs include:
- Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA)
- The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) youth program prepares young people for academic and employment success. In order to receive services, youth must be 14 through 21 years old, low income, and meet other criteria such as needing additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 extends the age limit to 24 and includes veterans.
- Maine Apprenticeship Program
- The Maine Apprenticeship Program helps mobilize Maine's workforce with structured, on-the-job learning in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, as well as new emerging industries such as health care, information technology, energy, telecommunications and more. Registered Apprenticeship connects job seekers looking to learn new skills with employers looking for qualified workers, resulting in a workforce with industry-driven training and employers with a competitive edge.
- Pre-Apprenticeship Program
- Pre-Apprenticeship is one to two years of customized high school academics coupled with 1,000 hours of on-the-job training during the 11th and/or 12th grades. Upon graduating, culmination is permanent employment and matriculation into the Maine Apprenticeship Program with the possibility of progressing through an Associates Degree program or the Associates Degree in Applied Science in a Trade or Technical Occupation program (TTO degree).
- Jobs For Maine Graduates
- The Jobs for Maine’s Graduates high school program is delivered as a for-credit course in conjunction with the student’s regular course load. Hosted at public schools, administered by JMG, and actively engaging the participation of businesses, JMG offers a venue for students to interact with employers and community-based organizations.
- Maine Conservation Corps
- The Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) places members all over the state to serve on environmental and conservation projects. Positions range from three month to ten month commitments. Some members serve individually at agencies and nonprofits to address resource issues and educate Maine citizens, and others serve on Field Teams constructing and rehabilitating trails and trail structures.
- Job Corps Centers in Maine
- Job Corps is the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24. Private companies, state agencies, federal agencies, and unions recruit young people to participate in Job Corps, where they can train for and be placed in jobs.
- Maine Transition Network
- The Maine Committee on Transition supports youth with disabilities in making meaningful choices as they transition to adulthood by promoting collaboration within communities.