Will these students be trained before they come to our office?
Yes. the Arrupe Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) trains students in areas that include:
- Dale Carnegie - communication & relationship building
- Basic computer skills and Microsoft Word & Excel
- Customer service skills
- Standard office equipment training
- Office etiquette
- Dress for success
- Positive first impressions in the workplace
- Phone skills
- Filing and document processing
- Confidentiality & ethics in the workplace
- Workplace safety
- Team Building
As a sponsoring employer, what responsibilities do I have?
The 3 biggest responsibilities are:
- Provide a positive working environment for the student
- Provide a supervisor(s) who believes in the program and the success of Arrupe Jesuit students
- Provide meaningful work for the students and explain to them the importance of their role
If I have a problem with the student do I deal with the student directly?
If there ever is an issue with a student at the work place, you can deal with that student directly as you would any employee. You can also contact the CWSP Office for support.
Why should a business participate in the program and how much does it cost?
The cost of the program is $28,000. There are many reasons to participate:
- Be part of an innovative solution to the daunting education challenges that our society is dealing with
- Work with a “turn-key” program that operates in a business-like fashion making participation easy
- Enhance diversity, drive productivity and reduce other employee “burnout” from repetitive clerical assignments, by filling entry-level jobs with capable, enthusiastic young people from the center-city
- Reduce costs - outsourcing a job costs less than hiring a single full-time employee
- Use a reliable staffing alternative - CWSP provides transportation, screening, support and training
- Generate higher job satisfaction – people appreciate making a difference in the lives of others and value working for a company that feels the same way
- Groom members of our future workforce – creates relationships with a diverse student population that may become employees, clients, suppliers and friends
- Provides greater potential for keeping a highly-educated, productive workforce in Colorado after college
- Generates community awareness and stability by creating productive futures for “at risk” youth
Are there guarantees to ensure the success of the student and program?
Every student will receive one academic credit for the work program. CWSP staff members monitor student performance, through daily time cards that students and supervisors complete. Every student is evaluated on his/her performance twice during the school year. Although it rarely happens, students can be replaced if there are any serious issues or if work performance does not meet expectations.
What if my staff has never dealt with a teenager working in a professional office setting?
This is a very common question - you are not alone! A CWSP staff member is assigned as your customer service representative to work with you to navigate any issues that arise. Support resources and best practices events are available during the year.
Can a corporation hire a partial team?
Yes...as much as we would like a company to hire a full team of students, we want to help our partners meet a specific business need. Please reach out to CWSP for details.