For employers, hiring youth is a fulfilling and cost-effective way to address critical business needs. These may include filling entry-level job vacancies, completing overlooked administrative projects or addressing coverage gaps during staff vacations or busy seasons. Hiring youth also allows employers to take advantage of the energy and enthusiasm young people bring to their work. Because they have grown up around computers and mobile devices, many young people also possess fluency with technology which can be an immediate asset in the modern workplace.
For teens, early work experiences play a significant role in their transition to adulthood, by building their sense of self-esteem and independence; allowing them to contribute to their household income and introducing them to both experiences and role models that may shape the way they think about their futures.
By introducing young people to a profession, employers can begin the process of educating the next wave of workers in their industry. The result can be a workplace with increased morale and a greater diversity of skills, perspectives and backgrounds.