OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 291

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SYSTEM.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the Labor Department (DOL), in consultation with the State Department of Education and Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education, to develop a comprehensive youth employment system (see BACKGROUND). The system must coordinate and enhance public and private resources to (1) create summer and year-round work opportunities for youth and (2) support career pathways to provide youth and young adults with the skills and access needed for good jobs and successful careers.

Under the bill, the system must provide (1) a range of training and employment options, (2) in-depth support services, and (3) the flexibility to connect youth and young adults to the most appropriate set of services. These services must include (1) integrated education; (2) skill training and access to work experience leading to secondary or occupational credentials; (3) postsecondary educational training opportunities; and (4) skills such as teamwork, leadership, communications, and ethical responsibility.

DOL must establish a public-private partnership to support the system. The partnership must (1) expand private sector involvement in summer and year-round youth employment opportunities and (2) consider a tax credit program for qualified employers who hire youth and young adults.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2012

BACKGROUND

Youth Employment Programs

Connecticut's five workforce investment boards currently administer youth employment programs that focus on summer employment. The programs are funded by a combination of state, federal, municipal, and private funds.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute Change of Reference

Yea

20

Nay

0

(03/20/2012)

Appropriations Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

54

Nay

0

(04/03/2012)