180 is an initiative of The Bucks County Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
We partner with employers like you to bring meaningful job opportunities to kids like these. Local youth who may have lacked direction in the past but are now ready to work towards a better future. By mentoring or employing one of these kids, you can give them the skills - and the hope - they need to start a career. While at the same time providing your organization with a new resource for highly trainable, motivated employees. To learn more, browse the links on the left or request an employer package
We make it easy to make a difference. Just browse the list below to see what level of commitment - from a single day of job shadowing to a full-time position - feels right for your organization. Then fill out our simple sign up
form. We’ll schedule a time to meet so we can get to know your organization better and help you select a pre-screened youth who best fits your needs. At every step, your 180 representative will stay in touch to ensure that everything is going smoothly.
This is a great way to let someone see first-hand what it’s like to spend a typical day on the job. In as little as one hour or one day, you can help your “shadow” learn about your field and whether it might be the right choice for them.
Serving as a mentor allows you to provide guidance to an at-risk youth on your terms, according to your schedule. You specify the time, place and frequency of meetings. You can even choose to be an e-mentor if e-mail is more convenient.
When you bring a 180 intern on board, you get a reliable, pre-screened worker who is ready to learn. A 180 intern can help you boost productivity without hiring a full-time employee. Most internships run 20 hours a week for four weeks.
With this option, you hire a 180 youth full-time and spend up to six months training them on the job - to your standards, for your company. You can even receive financial reimbursement of their hourly wages to offset your investment.
When you hire a 180 youth full-time, you not only get a pre-screened, qualified employee - you get someone who is being actively supported by a 180 caseworker. This relationship helps ensure employee reliability and decrease turnover.
Miss Danielle and the 180 staff are here to help you at every step. From figuring out what level of involvement is right for you to finding qualified, pre-screened employees who are ready to work for your organization. By serving as your recruiting partner, we not only make your job easier; we also help you eliminate some of the risk involved in bringing new people on board. Our staff can also help you take advantage of the significant financial perks that are available to 180 business members. We’ve outlined a few of these opportunities below but feel free to contact us
to learn more.
Qualify for a significant tax credit.
If you hire a 180 participant full-time, you may be eligible for the federal government’s Work Opportunity Tax Credit. It provides an incentive for organizations to hire individuals who may otherwise face barriers to employment. The amount of credit you receive is a percentage of the employee’s wages, and is based on their work hours and other unique circumstances. If you need assistance, we can help you fill out the necessary paperwork to ensure you get the maximum credit.
Get insurance from the government.
The federal government also offers a Federal Bonding Program to encourage employers to hire at-risk individuals. If you qualify for the program, you receive a bond of up to $5,000 for up to six months at no cost to help insure your organization against employee theft or dishonesty. The bond can be issued for any type of job, including part-time or full-time, to any type of employer. We can help you determine if you will qualify for the Federal Bonding Program, and to what extent.
From family-owned businesses to major corporations, from manufacturing to healthcare, employers across Bucks County are recognizing the many benefits of becoming a 180 business member. Tom and Fred Calkins, co-owners of Railway Specialties
in Bristol, have been proud 180 business members since 2007. If you’d like to join them, please contact us
- Allied Barton Security
- Arbor E & T
- BEELONG Adult Day Services
- Bucks County Center for Independent Living
- Bucks County Community College
- Bucks County Opportunity Council
- Bucks County WIB
- Business Marketing Alliance/ Building Blocks
- CHI Institute
- Carroll Engineering
- Child, Home and Community
- DBG Collection, Inc.
- Doylestown Hospital
- Foxwood Manor Operation Pathway
- Friends Home and Village
- Giant Foods
- Giant Store #46
- Home Instead Senior Care
- Hypex Inc
- IQnection Internet Service
- ITT Technical Institute
- Interstock Premium Cabinetry
- Kaplan Higher Education
- Lower Bucks Family YMCA
- Lower Bucks Hospital
- PNC Bank
- Penndel Borough
- Pennsylvania Army National Guard
- Pennsylvania Conservation Corps
- Philly Pretzel Factory - Langhorne
- Railway Specialties
- Senior Helpers
- Sparkle Professional Cleaning Corporation
- St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital
- Streamline Payroll, LLC
- Summerwood Corp.
- TD Bank
- TJ Maxx
- The Cookie Lady
- The Internship Institute
- United States Navy
- Veterans Green Jobs
These kids have turned it around with the help of the 180 program and Bucks County employers like you. Check out their stories to see what a difference your support can make.
Railway Specialties of Bristol received wage assistance from the government for providing 180 youth Mike Harmon with on-the-job-training. Now, they have a quality employee who contributes to the productivity of their machine shop.
The YWCA Bucks County brought Carly Rosso on board as an intern to help out around the office. They were so impressed with her drive and capabilities that they hired Carly as a full-time employee and asked her to run a weekly teen group.