Youth Employment

The WIOA Youth Program assists eligible young adults ages 17-24 to gain the skills needed to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce. Available services include:

Career Development

  • Job Preparation Skills
  • Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Interview Coaching
  • Training Opportunities
  • Resume Building

Educational Support

  • College or Vocational School Exploration
  • Tutorial Assistance
  • GED & High School Completion Options
  • Short-Term Training Opportunities

For more information, call 703-531-6290, TTY 703-533-5316, or visit the WIOA Youth Program page here.

Searching for a job is a job in itself. You have to work just as hard in your job search as you would preparing for that big game. Where would you look to get a job or start your job search? Have you ever thought about searching the internet for various job posting sites such as or for help?

Here are some great resources to help you find that perfect job.

Virginia Employment Commission (VEC): – Go to Job Links

Federal Government: – will assist you with your Federal job search and guide you step by step through the process – This site is the United States Government's official source of job and employment information provided to the public at no cost.

Fairfax County Government
Loudoun County Government
Prince William County Government

SkillSource Centers:
At each of the SkillSource centers you can access a wealth of information. You will have access to Internet-equipped computers that will allow you to print out any needed materials. Here you can also be connected to various community resources.
Find the closest SkillSource Center.

Private Sector:
Junior Jobs ( – site designed for youth users
Monster ( – more adult users, several Temp agencies – Jobs all over the area associated with the Washington Post – Various points of contact that can be used
America Job Bank
( (outside of VEC)

Looking for a Summer Job? Summer employment opportunities are available in both the private and public sector. Connect with one of our youth counselors at your local one-stop to find out more about these opportunities.

Where should you look? Here are some great places to start:

  • Parks
  • Area historic attractions
  • Amusement Parks
  • Pools
  • Stores
  • Movies
  • Library

All these places need more help in the summer to accommodate the increase in business.

Most people vacation in the summer.

  • That can mean jobs for you

Companies could use temporary help filling the jobs of vacationing employees.

  • Some call temporary agencies
  • Some hire people to move around and fill those spots during the summer

Want to work for yourself.

  • Take care of animals or plants when neighbors are away
  • Watch younger children during the day for neighbors who work

Network, Network, Network

  • Tell everyone you know that you're looking for a job this summer
  • Start early. Don't wait until June

Think about volunteering

  • It looks good on a future application for work or college
  • Have a career you really want to explore
  • Summer volunteering is a good way to experience a career choice
  • Even if an employer is not able to hire extra help for the summer, they may be willing to take on a volunteer and an extra pair of hands

Look at the suggestions on

The Youth Workforce Development program works with eligible young adults year-round (including the summer) to prepare them for work and assist them in getting a job.

Please call 703-531-6290. This is a number that can provide INFORMATION to youth looking for summer employment.

Here are a few frequently asked questions regarding youth employment.

Am I old enough to work?
Legally you are able to work at age 14.

When do I need a work permit?
A work permit is required if you are between 14 and 16.

Where do I get a work permit?
You can usually get a work permit through your high school. If your high school does not offer this service, ask your guidance counselor which high school in your area does.

How much is minimum wage?
Minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Jobs where you are likely to receive tips can pay less if the tips plus salary will equal the minimum wage.

What are my legal rights?
Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief is illegal. NO employer can use these reasons to keep you from getting a job, treating you differently on the job, or firing you from your job.

Additionally, if you feel you are being harassed in a sexual manner on a job, report it immediately to your parents, your counselor, your teacher, or another adult you trust.

Are you interested in serving your country? The military is a great employment option for young people looking for jobs. Military employment is a contractual commitment of service. The length and duration of service depends on which branch of the service you select. Young adults gain experience relating to leadership, teamwork, and career specific skills.

How does the military compare to the private sector?
The military offers training in over 4,100 different specialties. Military service offers challenging and rewarding careers that often have private sector counterparts. Military experience is a valuable asset that employers look for in employees.

What type of training will I get?
The branch of the armed forces you enlist in and the career choices you make will determine the type of training you receive. Generally, training will include job-specific proficiency and military training.

What are some of the benefits of going the military?
Along with earning a steady income, the military also offers valuable benefits such as money for college, paid time off, and military and job specific training. Active members' medical and dental insurance is paid for by the military. In addition, free housing is usually available on base. Perhaps one of the greatest benefits is that military experience and training will help prepare young people for success in other future endeavors.

For more information about military employment visit the following websites:

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