Apprenticeship Awards 2017

2017 ENGLEWOOD SUMMER BUSINESS APPRENTICESHIPS

Now in its fourth year, this summer’s enrichment program was for Englewood residents entering junior and senior years in high school.  It is a partnership funded by the City of Englewood and managed by the Zone, a youth based service of Bergen Family Center and Englewood Chamber of Commerce (ECC).

The program provided the students with a hands on work experience and guidance that will help them compete in today’s job market.  The Zone, a youth based service program of Bergen Family Center, received 60 applications and accepted 32 students. A committee comprised of local businesses and nonprofits selected students from among the pool of applicants.  Apprentices worked twenty-five hours weekly, Wednesday, July 5th through Friday, August 11, 2016, including 2 hour-long business skills workshop each Wednesday. Each student received a stipend of $1,200.  Twenty businesses and non-profits, members of Englewood Chamber of Commerce, provided positions for these students.

The six-week program concluded with a graduation and certification ceremony held to honor participating students and businesses on Friday, August 11 at noon at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s Chiang Auditorium. Each student received a Certificate of Achievement from City Council President Wayne Hamer and Mayor Frank Huttle III, as well as a Certificate from the New Jersey Legislature.

Watch this short film to hear what the 2017 Summer Apprentices learned!