J1 Advanced Professional Training
WWCE’s Advanced Professional Training Program helps businesses provide invaluable practical industry training opportunities to international university students, recent graduates, and young professionals. Hosting an international intern/trainee provides a unique experience for career-orientated participants to immerse themselves in American culture, train in American methodologies, and create global connections by sharing their training and experiences with their home country. Your company will equally benefit from the program by diversifying your workplace, fostering cultural awareness, and contributing to the development of the next generation of leaders in your industry. WWCE has developed a strong network of experienced overseas affiliates that can recruit experienced and highly motivated applicants who can add a wealth of talent, knowledge, and enthusiasm to your property.
+ BENEFITS OF THE CAREER TRAINING PROGRAM
Diversified workplace – employers can be part of the public diplomacy movement aimed at introducing the young adults of other countries to the culture of the USA. In addition, the introduction of international program participants can be a valuable supplement to ongoing diversity initiatives. The experience will be beneficial to expanding your existing team members' horizons in terms of cultural awareness, acceptance, and understanding.
The perfect candidates at the right time – our team identifies the periods when employers have the most opportunities for training and will then recommend a program or a combination of programs that can be successful.
Bi-lingual staff – while English speaking skills will vary on an individual basis, we conduct a thorough pre-screening to ensure that every participant has the ability to speak and understand English at a level suitable for the training or internship offered. In addition, strategic recruitment from countries that match the demographic of the employer’s guests and/or workers can be an innovative way to improve guest service levels. Many of our participants speak two or three languages; they can be an asset in high guest contact departments and assist in making guests from these same countries immediately feel at home.
Free recruitment – WWCE does not charge a fee to select the right candidates for employers.
The program is developed to provide a balance between learning opportunities for the intern/trainee and the intern/trainee’s contribution to the Host Company.
+ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the J1 APT program?
The State Department J-1 Intern/ Trainee Program is an Exchange Visitor Program designed to achieve the educational objectives of international and cultural exchange by involving young adults in the daily life of the host country through internship and training opportunities within US companies. It is vital that the participants return home to share their experiences, and encourage Americans to participate in the educational and cultural programs in other countries. Today's global markets require international work experience, and the value added by training in the USA is immeasurable to students from overseas.
What counties are participants recruited from? Our participants come from more than 30 countries.
When can participants arrive?
Participants can arrive at any time during the year. On the Trainee Program, participants are legally authorized to work for a maximum of 18 months, or 12 months for the Hospitality Industry. On the Intern Program, participants are legally authorized to work for a maximum of 12 months.
How many hours per week can participants train? What if a participant requests overtime?
Participants are guaranteed at least 32 hours per week. Overtime compensation laws differ in each state and these laws apply to our participants.
Do the employers have to provide housing?
Employers do not have to provide housing, but we ask that employers at least help employees arrange affordable housing in close proximity to the job site. WWCE also offers a program in which housing is found and mandated through the program, based on the employer’s individual needs.
+ HOW CAN I TRAIN J1s?
If you would like more information or are ready to move forward with welcoming J1s, please CLICK HERE to fill out an interest form.