Grand Valley businesses look for teens to fill jobs amid hiring struggle

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo- There’s more than one sign in town that says jobs are available. Since adults aren’t filling the void, Grand Valley businesses are looking for teenagers to hire. Most postings advertise for applicants age 16 and older, but people as young as 14 can apply too.

“It’s about the jobs that they can do,” Lacy Packard mentions, “So bussing tables, obviously, is something they can do. Washing dishes is something they can do. We just have to be careful that the position that we put them in for safety.”

The State of Colorado does not require work permits for teenagers. However, that does not make the job hunt easier for the younger workforce.

“There are probably more opportunities than other times, because employers are really looking to hire people right now,” Celina Kirnberger expresses, “They still are not going to settle. They want good quality candidates.”

Brown’s Cycles has been looking to hire people for over a year now. Owner Chris Brown wants to hire skills over age because what matters to him is how employees help his business.

“If you can throw experience on it, that’s great. If you don’t have experience, maybe tell me your passions or something.” Chris Brown suggests, “I own a bike shop so if you put the word, ‘bicycle’, on your résumé, it tends to float to the top rather than just chucking it to the trash.

The passion to work is how teens like Ella get a job.

“I’m 16 and I’ve only been here a few days but I love it.” Ella shares, “I love bikes, just knowing how to sell things, and working with cash which is really important to go in any workforce any industry.”

Whether the job is for the summer or throughout the next school year, teenagers can be the help that’s wanted.

If you’re 14 or 15 years old and want a work permit, just in case, work permits can be those through School District 51, not the Mesa County Workforce Center. Teen-friendly jobs hiring now include businesses like Village Inn and many others.

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