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. We serve as the bridge between manufacturing companies, teachers, students, and their parents to start building tomorrow's workforce.


We are currently seeking manufacturers willing to host paid internships for qualified students in welding, machining, and computer aided design (CADD).

  • Access an expanded pool of job candidates and see these candidates in action before hiring them
  • Provide a short-term work experience that potentially leads to long term employment
  • Give students hands-on experience while they establish positive work habits
Now is the time to get started!
  • Internships begin in mid-January and last through the month of April
  • 4 to 6 weeks before: employer agrees to host intern
  • 4 weeks before: student applies and interviews with company
  • Interns work in the afternoon for approximately 10 hours per week
  • Employers determine the rate of pay, at least minimum wage
  • Company sponsor is assigned to mentor the intern while onsite
  • Liability insurance for students participating in an internship will be covered by Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Other roles and responsibilities – click for details
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.


William E. Graham, Jr., Vice President of B&R Machine Company has hosted a number of machining interns, with the most recent becoming a full time employee. Graham told us, "It's fulfilling to be a part of a student's development, and offer them a glimpse into what the future holds. Hands on opportunities take students beyond the classroom, and allow them to gain an understanding of a real work environment."

"It makes sense for Melin Tool to pursue internships with students from the Max Hayes machining program. Three of our best, long time employees are former interns and graduates of the program. Students come to us with a basic knowledge of working in a production environment like ours, and they have an eagerness to learn and contribute to our organizational goals. We bring them in with every intention of extending a job offer if the internship is successful. The school also instills organizational and soft skills that are so lacking in some candidates these days." Rob Wise, Operations Manager, Melin Tool Company, Inc.

Technical Corps Program (TCP)

Technical Corps Program

Thanks to generous funding from The Cleveland Foundation, this Encore Cleveland initiative helps retirees use their time and talents helping young people develop manufacturing skills and prepare for employment.

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.

Technical Corps Members have experience in manufacturing or automotive, serve up to ten hours per week for an academic semester (16 weeks), and are compensated for their time.

Technical Corp Program

WIRE-Net's Youth Workforce team (pictured left to right)
Jessica Westropp, Jonathan Rivera, and Brianna Schultz.

Youth Workforce Team

The Bridge

The Youth Team wants to tap into WIRE-Net's member network, to bring businesses into the school and take students to companies. This bridge allows for a unique student work-based learning experience that prepares them for life after graduation. The bridge allows companies to have a hand in developing exactly what they are looking for in their future workforce.

  • Classroom presentations: Speakers share their own career path story, career specific educational requirements, and samples of their work.
  • Plant tours: Students get firsthand look at work environment, receive advice about careers and the type of training and educational coursework employees need.
  • Job shadows: Mock-interview day with HR professional, followed by a shadow day (2-4 hours), unpaid worksite experiences where students spend time with a competent worker in order to learn about a career and observe daily work activities.
  • Internships: Paid internships for qualified students in welding, machining, and computer aided design (CADD).



For more information about WIRE-Net's Youth Programs, contact Brianna Schultz, Director of Youth Programs, at 216.920.1967.