Regional Digest
January 2018
  The Northern Rural Training And Employment Consortium (NoRTEC)
is a consortium of eleven Northern California Counties established to address the needs of job seekers and businesses in our region. Our mission: To develop strategic partnerships and solutions to meet the workforce needs
of business and job seekers, promoting the economic growth of our region.
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About NoRTEC

NoRTEC (Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium) is a regional Workforce Development Board in California funded by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. 

The NoRTEC Workforce Development Board is led by private industry representatives from Butte, Del Norte, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity Counties.
Summer Youth Employment

NoRTEC is currently working with Program Operators to present a summer youth employment program in our eleven-county region modeled after a successful program implemented last summer in Del Norte County. The E3 Program (Experience Education Employment) was developed through a cooperative effort between the Del Norte Workforce Center, Del Norte County Office of Education, Building Health Communities (The California Endowment), and local employers. The program provided young people in the county with soft skills training, an opportunity to interview for a real job, high school credit, and paid work experience. 

Last summer’s program was a pilot project that served almost 20 young individuals. NoRTEC and its Program Operators are planning to extend this project to other counties within our region and put 100 youth to work during the summer of 2018.

Youth Labor Force Participation
The labor force participation rate is a major indicator of the labor market. It represents the proportion of the population that is in the labor force. Labor force participation rates are affected by various factors, including demographic composition of the population as well as structural changes in the economy.
To view the NoRTEC regional area in an interactive format, visit:
Youth employment is typically lower than other populations due to factors such as state and local labor laws and high competition for entry-level jobs. The youth employment-to-population ratio for the NoRTEC region is 26.5% for youth aged 16 to 19 years, with Siskiyou County having the highest youth employment rate of 39.6%.
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