City announces the Ocala Future Leaders’ Academy 2022

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Posted February 4, 2022 | By Ocala Gazette Staff

The City of Ocala announced on Jan. 27 that the summer youth employment program, Ocala Future Leaders’ Academy, would open this year.

The program is designed to create on-the-job training in preparation for future roles within the organization. It is open to all Ocala residents ages 16-19, a total of 25 applicants will be chosen to participate in this year’s academy.

Training seminars will focus on personal and professional growth, financial literacy and technical job skills and certification. Each student will be assigned a mentor to assist with learning job assignments, improving interpersonal skills and enhancing self-confidence.

This is a paid program and participants are expected to work 20-25 hours per week. Transportation assistance will be provided to students in the form of a SunTran bus pass valid only for the program period.

Program Overview:

  • Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., March 31, 2022
  • Qualified applicants will be interviewed via Zoom in April 2022
  • Selected applicants will be notified in May 2022
  • Paid Training will be June 6-17, 2022
  • Department work assignments will be June 20 to July 29, 2022
  • The hourly rate is $12.50

Applications may be submitted online in the employment section of the City of Ocala’s website. For more information, contact the City of Ocala Human Resources Department at (352) 629-8359.

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