Guest Commentator: Rhonda Ball, AVP, MidAtlantic Regional HR Manager, Chubb @ChubbNA

Why is it important for businesses to support career pathways for youth? How can employers get involved with existing programs?

At Chubb, we pride ourselves in playing an active role in the growth and development of communities where we are located. We see investment in young people as a way to make an impact. Our support of career pathways for youth will enable us to provide opportunities to those with limited exposure and access to corporate settings. Often times, it is one interaction that can change the life of a young person and how they view their future. Chubb’s involvement will provide real world experience through mentorship, interviewing, training, and job readiness. The youth involved in the program will have the opportunity to work in an inclusive environment and share innovative ideas. It is our expectation that this work will be the catalyst for other companies to join in to help our youth build solid skills for the future.

Partnering with Hub at PA CareerLink® West enables companies to take advantage of an established platform that has a proven track record in community engagement. The beauty of working with an existing program is that the framework has already been established — no need to reinvent the wheel, you can hit the ground running immediately. Employers can simply attend an information session held by the Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Hub, to learn about the program offerings and decide how their organizations can lead efforts to put youth to work. Employers can also partner with other companies to share their knowledge and experiences.

Chubb is a member of the Chamber’s Education & Talent Action Team, a unique, cross-functional group focused on creating clear pathways for the alignment between early-career individuals and employers to assure that we are training and engaging the region’s future leaders.