The CWSP is a separately incorporated entity that functions as a temporary employment agency within Cristo Rey Charleston. For a competitive annual fee, Job Partners contract with the CWSP to receive one full-time Work Study Team of 4 students for a contract period that spans approximately nine months, from early September to the end of May. Students are employees of the CWSP, not of the Job Partners.
The CWSP is a cost-effective solution for businesses that need entry-level clerical help. Since students are employed by the Work Study Program, businesses save time on paperwork and save money on taxes, health benefits, and other expenditures. Employing Cristo Rey Charleston students also boosts employee diversity, supports the local community and helps build Atlanta’s future workforce.
Job Partners pay a flat fee of $31,000 per year directly to the Cristo Rey Charleston CWSP office for each team of 4 students, which covers one full-time entry-level position. The Job Partner is not responsible for any additional expenses (payroll taxes, benefits, etc.).
Students generally perform entry-level clerical work. They answer telephones, maintain files, sort and deliver mail, scan and fax documents, perform data entry, and create documents with Microsoft Office. Some of our students are bilingual, and may be able to help with translation.
All incoming freshmen attend a rigorous Business Training Institute before beginning their first corporate work assignment. Returning students attend an intensive three-week refresher course at the beginning of the school year. Students also receive ongoing feedback and training from employers and the CWSP staff throughout the school year.
Job Partner organizations range in size from small offices to large multi-national corporations.
Job Partners have the following responsibilities:
- Provide a positive working environment for each student, with clear instructions and regular feedback.
- Assign an on-site supervisor who believes in the program to oversee the students.
- Identify meaningful work for the students and explain to them the importance of their role.
Students are expected to meet or exceed the level of professionalism and dedication demanded of their adult colleagues at the work place.
Cristo Rey Charleston provides transportation for students to and from their job placements.
An on-site supervisor at the Job Partner will guide and support students at work. Cristo Rey Charleston CWSP staff will coordinate with on-site supervisors to provide the necessary guidance, training, and care that students need to succeed in the workplace.
We ask that companies work through on-site supervisors and the Cristo Rey Charleston CWSP office to resolve issues with students. Although it rarely happens, a student can be re-assigned if necessary, and another student will take his or her place.
Cristo Rey Charleston has a special provision from the U.S. Department of Labor which allows the school’s CWSP to employ children 14 years and older. Annually, the Cristo Rey Network renews this special provision for all Cristo Rey schools.
Yes, it is possible to hire the students during certain school breaks. Since the CWSP operates like a staffing agency, it handles all student payments, including payments they receive for extra work. School break or summer employment can be arranged through the CWSP office, and the earnings from students' work over school breaks goes to the students, not the school.
If a business does not have appropriate entry-level clerical work, there are opportunities for individuals or corporations to sponsor students to work in a not-for-profit organization.
To begin a conversation about how your company can work with Cristo Rey Charleston and our Corporate Work Study Program, please contact Joe Barker, the Feasibility Study Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.