Job-hungry teens crash employment agency server

Within a minute after applications were opened, over 7,000 tried applying online for one of the summer jobs available in the state-subsidized schoolchildren's employment initiative, crashing the server--understood to have been promptly brought back online--of the State Employment Agency, reported Latvian Radio Monday.

The summer jobs are mostly available in the services sector as well as beautification. The state has invested €800,000 in the program, subsidizing employers who have jobs to offer to nimble-fingered teens.

Young people are paid at least the minimum wage - €370 - within the bounds of the initiative that sees schoolchildren from the ages of 15 to 20 try their hand in what is often their first job ever.

The state has granted funds to subsidize a total of 4,128 youth jobs throughout the country, however there are about 1,000 spots still looking for a willing employer, mostly in the rural regions of the country. 

One employer, the Rūķīšu Tēja (Dwarven Tea) farm, has been hiring young people within the state-funded program for years. It's particularly favorable to agriculture businesses as these often need extra hands during harvest.

On Tuesday Inese Šteina, deputy head at the employment agency, told Latvian Radio that about 5,286 have applied for a summer job, however as many change their minds by the time they get to work young people are still encouraged to try their luck in the program, open until August 16.

Despite online registration being available - including from mobile devices - LTV7 met numerous young people offline, waiting in line at a Rīga branch of the Employment Agency.

One Marta, a 9th-grader, was applying for a job for the second year now. She said she spent part of the money on things for school.

"It was interesting. It was my first experience. I got to know Rīga, as I had to drive around it. I had to pick up trash. Now I don't want to throw anything down on the ground as I know someone has to pick it up!" she said.

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