Labor Seeks Out-of-School Youth for Employment, Training Programs

Idahoans who are out of school and between ages 16 and 24 can learn new skills, discover more job opportunities and earn better pay through two federal programs managed by the Idaho Department of Labor.

Each program has unique characteristics, qualifications and offers on-the-job and vocational training, apprenticeships and advanced education to low-income youth.

Workforce consultants meet with the job seekers to identify interests, goals and develop an individual career plan. Sometimes the plan involves finishing high school or earning a GED. Other times it means skills testing, advanced training and education and paid work experience.

Idaho Job Corps goes a step further and offers wrap-around intensive services – health care, meals, transportation to training sites and, in some cases, housing – to low-income students with barriers to employment.

Job Corps students can also earn a high school diploma or GED while enrolled in training at their local community college for in-demand jobs such as welding, construction or the medical field. Participating colleges include the College of Western Idaho, College of Eastern Idaho, College of Southern Idaho and North Idaho College.

Idaho employers who are struggling with a tight labor market or know a young person who can benefit from these programs are welcome to learn more  – or encourage someone they know  – to make an appointment with a workforce consultant at

Walk-in hours and personal appointments with an Idaho Department of Labor workforce consultant are now available at more than 50 mobile locations throughout Idaho. To set up an appointment online or speak with a workforce consultant over the phone, please fill out this form.