WWP’s Youth Wage Grant program will provide wage subsidies to employers with fewer than 35 employees in Linn, Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties. These subsidies will help youth between the ages of 14 and 17 obtain first-time employment.
The Youth Wage Grant program was successfully piloted in Marion County in the summer of 2021 and has been operating in Linn County for several years. WWP is scaling this program so that all small employers in our region are able to participate. The program will focus on the accommodation and food service, retail trades, arts, entertainment, and recreation industries.
Successful implementation of this program will result in small employers filling jobs with first-time youth workers and receiving wage support to do this. It will also give youth a first-time work experience and an opportunity to learn essential workplace skills.
Dean Craig, WWP’s business services director will lead this project with assistance from Suzie Gibson, business engagement manager, and Trina Horsey, office coordinator.
The program is slated to begin this month and will continue until June 30, 2023. If you have questions about WWP’s Youth Wage Grant program, please contact Dean Craig at [email protected]