WORKFORCE: San Bernardino County offering slots for youth

Screen Shot 2013-08-07 at 9.00.54 PM A group of students learn landscaping skills at a youth program in Banning in this file photo. A San Bernardino County program is seeking youths who need job training from the ground up.

July 23, 2013 | The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County wants to help more than 500 young people who don’t have advanced job skills and need help developing a strategy for acquiring them.

The county’s Workforce Development Board has openings for 503 residents between the ages of 17 and 21 who would like to enroll in its youth training program, which offers a year’s worth of mentoring, help on writing résumés, presentation skills and on-the-job training, all at no cost. Applicants only need to be of age and have what is considered a significant barrier to employment, such as lack of a high school degree or limited-English skills.

Ultimately the goals for the youths who sign up will be full-time jobs in the county’s indemand sectors, county officials say.

The program is paid for by the county’s annual allocation of federal funds that targets young people who need job skills and a path to the workforce, said Brad Gates, deputy director for business services for the San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board. The county’s funding for youth services is the same as it was in the previous year, although funding for adult services was cut, Gates said.

For all of 2014, those enrolled will receive this training through one of 13 contracted local agencies, including the Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program,

Goodwill Industries of Southern California and several school districts. The training centers are spread out geographically to include locations in places such as Hesperia and Needles.

Last year 523 participated in this program. Of that, 77 percent of them are now either working or continuing their education with some sort of vocational achievement as the goal.

Gates said the goal is to have all 503 youth signed up by the end of the year. More information can be found at 800 451-5627 (451-JOBS) or by going to

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