Youth Workforce

The students of today are our employees of tomorrow. It's our job to expose students to the opportunities that exist within manufacturing. Manufacturing Works' youth workforce development team serves as the bridge between manufacturing companies, teachers, students, and their parents to start building tomorrow's workforce.

Manufacturing Works taps into our member network to bring companies into the school and take students to companies. This provides a work-based learning experience that prepares students for life after graduation and allows companies to be involved in developing in their future workforce.


Customized paid internship opportunities for individual students. Manufacturing Works' internship program includes learning objectives, onsite observations, and career coaching. Internships are usually ten hours per week for ten weeks, but are customized on a case-by-case basis.

Job Shadows

Job shadows are short-term (approximately two hours), unpaid worksite experiences in which students spend time with an experienced worker to observe daily activities. Before the actual job shadow experience, students will go through a mock interview process with the company.

Plant Tours

Plant tours give students the opportunity to get a firsthand look at the work environment, receive advice about careers and the type of training and educational course work employees need. It also serves as an opportunity for students to see the manufacturing cycle in action.

Classroom Presentations

Speakers conduct interactive career related presentations to students. They discuss what it's like to work in their industry, career specific educational requirements, and personal examples of their own career paths.

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Jose P

José, a 12th grade welding student at Max Hayes Career Technical High School, is qualified for an internship.

Jose loves welding!

In 9th grade he was instantly hooked by the arc discharged by the electric current, and was excited that he could create metal projects from scratch. In his third year of welding, Jose is on his way to earning AWS certifications in MIG, TIG, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).

"I would like to get hands on experience and see the welding process in the field," said José, who thinks welding is a good career option after he completes high school.

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Encore Cleveland: Technical Corps Program

Industry technicians who are retired or in transition assist in classrooms and support teachers with hands-on learning that prepares students for pre-apprenticeships, paid internships, and industry certifications.  more >

Technical Corp Program

Resumé Resource

Please use this template to develop and complete your resumé. The Manufacturing Works Youth team will work with you to complete the process, so that you have a professional resumé for job shadows, internships, and permanent employment.

For more information about Manufacturing Works' Youth Programs, contact Jessica Westropp, Senior Manager of Youth Workforce Development, at 216.588.1444.