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TARGETING
YOUTH

the manufacturing industry needs skilled workers, and the institute
of international education and the alcoa foundation is responding to
this need, as well as addressing youth unemployment.
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The overall unemployment rate is relatively low, but youth unemployment unfortunately remains high. To combat this, the Institute
of International Education (IIE) and Alcoa Foundation are proud to be
supporting a special youth program in which 16-23 year olds learn valuable job skills and find employment through paid internship programs
in manufacturing.
During its initial two-year program (2013-15), 95 percent of
the 500 program participants completed it and 73 percent of
those who completed the program are currently employed or
enrolled in a workforce training or education program.
The manufacturing industry struggles to find qualified candidates to fill positions while the unemployment figure among
youth hovers in the double digits, at 10.4 percent. The outlook
for women is even worse: underrepresentation of women,
combined with the real or perceived bias toward men in this industry. IIE and Alcoa Foundation's Global Internship Program
for Unemployed Youth are working to change those statistics.
The program is designed to provide youth with paid internship
programs to learn both on-the-job skills as well as critical soft
skills needed to succeed in a sustainable and rewarding career
in manufacturing.
Now in its second phase, the program is offered in five cities
around the world, including at Bellingham Technical College
(BTC) in Bellingham, Wash., and through the Blount Partnership in Blount County, Tenn. It's helped young women like
Booie Hawley, who recently graduated from BTC with an associate degree in machining.

Growing up, Hawley loved to tinker, IIE explains. She began BTC's Machining program, and when an opportunity to
participate in a paid internship with the local Alcoa Intalco
Works (funded through the Alcoa Foundation Global Internship for Unemployed Youth program) became available, she
jumped at the chance. She was the company's first machining
intern and it was her first experience working in the field, doing exactly what she was hoping to do upon graduation. She
learned how to operate critical machinery and was mentored
throughout her experience. More importantly, she felt like
"one of the crew."
Despite her success, Hawley admits that being a woman in a
manufacturing field can be hard, since women often battle prejudgments based on gender stereotypes. She's grateful for the
internship experience because it let her demonstrate her work
ethic and ability to learn job skills, according to IIE.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is among the
world's largest international education and training organizations. An independent not-for-profit founded in 1919, IIE
delivers program excellence to a diverse range of participants,
sponsors and donors. mt
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