About Vital Link 2.0
“Our community has been experiencing world-class economic development over the past decade, with tremendous growth in a number of business sectors. For us to truly capitalize on that growth, we must work together to ensure our youth are prepared to take on these highly-skilled positions. You cannot have economic development without workforce development — and that means continuing to invest in our youth.”
Bill Sisson, President & CEO, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
The WORKFORCE Challenge
A Lack of Skilled Local Labor
Though Mobile’s economy is among the nation’s leaders with a projected 30.6% future job growth over the next 10 years, companies across the area struggle to find skilled, competent employees from the Mobile area.
The MARKETING Challenge
Knowing the Opportunities in Our Community
Many local residents and youth believe they must look outside of Mobile to find a great career. Yet, the average salary of the 561 new Mobile jobs in 2015 was $60,593.
Our youth are unaware and unprepared for the excellent jobs in this community.
In response to local business/industry leaders expressing their concerns of having a skilled workforce shortage, we have evolved our Vital Link summer internship program for rising eighth graders to the new Vital Link 2.0 for rising seniors. Vital Link 2.0 is designed to provide meaningful real-world internship opportunities to our youth and aid them in connecting their career interest with their post-secondary education and career planning.
What is it?
Vital Link 2.0 is a real-world, 4-week/15 hours per week paid internship (total of 60 hours) for rising seniors who have been recommended by their school through an application process
Where will students intern?
In local businesses that are of career interest to them (preference will be given to students in schools with existing academy partnerships)
When will the internships be held?
June 6- 30, 2016