Advanced job training program
This summer, four high school students who had previously participated in the Bearings Bike Shop Earn & Learn program accepted summer internship positions as part of the Advanced Job Training Program! They worked between 25 - 40 hours a week in the shop and participated in various training and development opportunities. While in the shop, their primary responsibilities consisted of repairing and refurbishing bikes for resale, maintaining and preparing the shop space and supplies for the program, and serving as leaders of groups of kids during the shop’s program hours.
What did they learn?
The interns participated in ongoing mechanical training under the supervision of Lead Mechanic Mike Clauson, who conducted mini-workshops on bike systems and guided them through individual projects. In addition to coaching other kids on building and repairing their bikes during program hours, the interns had opportunities to advance their skills by working to repair customer’s bikes under Mike’s supervision.
Each week, the interns participated in financial literacy sessions, led by Program Coordinator Claire Dozier and Jimmy Holcombe, the Branch Manager at State Bank & Trust. They learned about topics such as budgeting, saving, investing, credit and borrowing, purchasing a car, and financial aid for postsecondary education. In a small-group environment, the curriculum for these sessions was tailored to their individual needs and interests. They benefitted from practical, real-world activities such as creating a budget, calculating interest and repayment plans on auto loans and credit card purchases, and forecasting various financial aid options for colleges and technical schools of their choice.
What about those field trips?
On five occasions throughout the summer, the interns had special opportunities to get out of the shop and see firsthand different career opportunities that they might pursue after high school. We toured Atlanta Technical College to learn about the many trade and career preparation programs they offer, got a behind-the-scenes look at the world of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Chick-fil-A’s corporate headquarters, and toured ICM Georgia, Inc.’s steel fabrication plant. They learned about the roles of branch manager, operations manager, and teller at State Bank & Trust and toured City of Refuge’s NAPA Auto Center training program. Through exposure, connections, and practical information, our goal is to increase these students’ awareness of various paths that they can take in order to achieve success in a career of their choice.
For Nick, Jemichael, Pedro and Warren, this internship served as the next step to a bright future after high school. We are beyond proud of their hard work and growth this summer!