Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) is the city’s Workforce Development Board and school-to-career intermediary. The mission of the PIC is to strengthen Boston’s communities and its workforce by connecting youth and adults with education and employment opportunities that align with the needs of area employers.
One of PIC’s programs is the Tech Apprentice, and the goal for 2017 is to place 250 students in internships at tech companies.
Help a young person explore a career:
Career exploration activities require only volunteer time and a desire to share your job responsibilities and career path. Your participation will introduce high school students to the work world and motivate career aspiration and effort in school. The PIC offers three programs that your business, or even an individual, can participate in to meet these needs: Job Shadow Day; Mock Interview; and Career Speakers.
Hire a high school student:
PIC career specialists work with high school students year-round to prepare them for paid employment. PIC staff identify students interests, develop job descriptions with employers, and facilitate the interview and matching process. PIC staff support students and their supervisors on the job. Get involved through School Year Internships or Summer Jobs program.
Build your local workforce-Hire a BPS graduate attending a local college:
PIC postsecondary coaches supports recent high school graduates in their transition to a local college. This is an ideal opportunity for employers to meet hiring, skill, and diversity needs. The PIC seeks employer partners who will provide part-time employment for these young people as they pursue their studies.