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2023 Tampa Bay Summer Hires Enrollment Underway

Our Vision –The CareerSource Tampa Bay Summer Youth Employment Program, branded Tampa Bay Summer Hires provides a unique opportunity for career exploration to youth in Hillsborough County. Summer youth employment programs instill the young adults of tomorrow with critical essential skills that all employers need. The Tampa Bay Summer Hires program introduces youth to the world of work and exposed them to new experiences, ideas, and potential career paths for the future through hands-on, real-world work experience through paid work experience positions in-demand occupations or targeted industries.

The program design was a vision created by CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) that was met with the full support of the CSTB Board of Directors and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, as well. The inaugural program year was 2019.

Unemployment rates for youth in the age range of 16 – 24 years old usually run above 13-14%. Our Tampa Bay Summer Hires program prepares Hillsborough County youth to be work-ready by exposing them to opportunities in targeted occupations, established a future talent pipeline, and assisted with reducing the skills gap shortage. With a focused emphasis on CSTB’s core vision, Talent Meets Opportunity. Our TBSH program is equipping the future talent pipeline for Hillsborough County employers.



Employers are invited to learn about the success CSTB experienced during past summer programs, understand how to participate as an employer and learn how employers play a vital role in building the future talent pipeline for young adults, 16 to 24 years of age.

“This program would not be able to succeed without the support of our business community,” said Leondra Foster, Tampa Bay Summer Hires Director. “Our business community has been key to our success by meeting businesses’ short term workforce needs, improving our regional talent pipelines and expanding workplace learning opportunities through our paid work experience model.”

Tampa Bay Summer Hires is especially looking for employers with regionally targeted industries and in-demand jobs which includes:

  • Manufacturing/Construction/ Building Trades
  • Hospitality/Tourism
  • Transportation
  • Logistics
  • Retail
  • Financial Shared Services
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology





2023 Tampa Bay Summer Hires Employer Info Session Coming Soon!​

Tampa Bay Summer Hires plans on serving up to 800 youth in 2023. Since the implementation of our inaugural year in 2019, we’ve experienced tremendous success. To date, serving more than 1,800 youth with 130 employers participating in the program.

During the summer of 2021, CSTB assisted with the support of 112 local employers filled more than 900 positions for young adults to work in various industries. During 2021 CSTB received 2,460 applications for the summer jobs program. The breakdown of employers who participated in 2021 included 78 for profit businesses, 33 non-profit and 1 governmental agency.

The Tampa Bay Summer Hires program and CareerSource Tampa Bay is the agency of record for young adults participating the program. CSTB handles the payroll, and even provides a career counselor to work with program participants. In 2023, CSTB plans to pay participants $15 per hour. In return, Employers get a paid summer intern for 8-weeks to help with their business.

This event is open to any Hillsborough County business owners, human resource staff, guidance counselors, business service providers, and anyone interested in learning more about the CSTB Tampa Bay Summer Hires program.

Businesses seeking additional information about the Tampa Bay Summer Hires program contact the following: Elizabeth Ventura via email at [email protected] or Leondra Foster via email at [email protected]


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