CHEYENNE – With summer approaching, many young people will be looking for employment opportunities.The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, in partnership with the Wyoming Workforce Development Council and the U.S. Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division, is offering a free webinar for employers on youth in the workforce. Employers are often hesitant to hire young people due to questions — and often incorrect information — about the tasks youth workers can undertake.

The free webinar aims to dispel common misperceptions employers have concerning youth in the workforce. Employers are invited to attend the presentation, which will include information on which tasks youth can do at what age and exemptions for those tasks.

DWS Director Robin Sessions Cooley says the webinar offers a chance for employers to learn more about the benefits of hiring youth. “We have heard from employers across the state who have had challenges meeting staffing needs over the last year. This presentation is a fantastic resource for folks interested in expanding their talent pool, and to better understand the best practices around hiring youth.”

Young workers can often perform more tasks than employers believe they are able to complete, and these workers are often available when more experienced workers are difficult to find. Attend the Youth in the Workforce presentation to gain an accurate understanding of the contribution this often overlooked segment of the workforce can provide.

The presentation will be offered from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 16. To register, please visit here.