Strengthen your business by investing in today’s youth.

The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board recognizes the importance of engaging the business community in providing valuable work-based learning opportunities for youth, especially given the historically low youth employment rates. Research indicates a strong link between young adults’ work experiences and their academic and career success. As the lead agency for BERKSHIRE JOBS 4 YOUTH, the BWB invites employers to collaborate by offering various options, including hiring youth, providing internships, sponsoring activities like job-shadowing and workplace tours and offering advisory support. To streamline these efforts, the BWB has established a central resource hub connecting youth, businesses, high schools and the community, fostering partnerships between various sectors of the business community and educational and community organizations.


Youth Need Employers!

  • To develop a relevant base of experience upon which to make life decisions

  • To be exposed to various industry clusters in order to understand the culture of the workplace and develop job specific skills

  • To work with positive role models in the workplace to build self-confidence and self-esteem in meeting career aspirations

Employers Need Youth!

  • To have the opportunity to directly shape the region’s future workforce within their industries

  • To have the opportunity to develop a pool of potential employees

  • To diversify their workplace by bringing in the technology savvy knowledge-base characteristic of today’s youth population

  • To help meet corporate expectations and community responsibilities

Are you enthusiastic about participating in the BWB and its community partners’ Career Readiness programs and activities? Click here for a comprehensive list of these opportunities.

Contact Heather Williams, BWB Youth Director, to get involved today!

413-442-7177 x151 /