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Norwalk, CT | Added on June 24, 2014 At 02:42 PM

Before their first day on the job, these students are getting the skills they need to succeed.

"You have to be organized and look like you are going to do big things with the company you are going to work with," said first time program participant Cedric Thigpen.

"We cover a lot of things that really help them get fully prepared not only for their job but for their future," said Dawn-Marie Williams, a training specialist with STRIVE CT.

STRIVE CT is providing one week of job etiquette training to students in the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program.
Dawn-Marie Williams has been working with the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program for ten years. "We cover life skills. We do a lot of exercises to help them with public speaking. We have fun exercises like the handshake 101 and how first impressions are very key. We also cover dressing the part for the employer."

For many students, the program provides them with their first job.

"I've never really had a job before so I need the job training to help me go on and meet a professional employer, to get me ready to answer their questions, how I'm supposed to dress, talk, walk and other things," said Thigpen.

Priyanka Thakkar, a first time participant said "The training is great so you know what to expect. A lot of people don't know what to expect in the workplace and when they go there, they have no idea what to do. Getting this experience gives us an idea of what we have to do right now and in the future."

Specialists say the training is not only important for the students, but for the employers as well.

"We are helping them see that you are actually going to be embracing a young professional. We can guarantee you that when these young people come into your office, they are going to be just as enthusiastic and ready to get the job done," said Williams.

Students will start their summer jobs on Monday, July 1, 2014.

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