The Youth Business Connector (YBC) is a web-based clearinghouse developed through a collaboration among employers, schools and community organizations that are working together to build career education partnerships in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Through relevant career education opportunities and experiences, local employers build a future pipeline of qualified employees and our region’s students gain valuable career awareness and preparation.
The YBC has undergone some enhancements since its initial launch in April 2014:
- Employers can now post complete descriptions and required skills for their long-term work-based learning (WBL) opportunities including apprenticeships, cooperative education, internship and volunteer service.
- Educators can now submit short-term WBL opportunity requests for career days, classroom speakers, job-shadowing and workplace tours directly to employers and receive a response through the YBC. They can also filter and review long-term WBL opportunities by type, student audience, industry cluster and semester offered, and submit student application requests directly to employers.
Currently, 33 employers are offering 22 long-term WBL opportunities on the YBC.
Charlotte Works’ Youth Works program has entered into a partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools so that the YBC will serve as the database used by career development counselors at each high school to find internships and other WBL opportunities for their students.
We’re reaching out to area employers from 16 career clusters to add new members and opportunities each week. If your business or nonprofit organization is interested in an exciting new way to build the workforce of tomorrow by providing WBL opportunities today, contact me at 704.274.8022 or visit the YBC to learn more.