February 2021

A Message from our President & CEO

Full Steam Ahead!


We are almost two full months into 2021 and have already accomplished so much, both as an organization and as a workforce system. First, the 2021 WINC Institute, hosted by PhilaWorks and key WINC stakeholders from the WINC project, was a success! The three-day conference surpassed its 2019 registration and included national speakers, all committed to the work that WINC is doing to support, increase, and advance the participation of women in nontraditional careers. Alongside that success, the first installment of the ApprenticeshipPHL Symposium hosted a 10-day lineup of subject matter experts offering their knowledge about how we can utilize apprenticeships to promote economic recovery, equity, & growth.

Our February workforce focus is on youth and the undeniable power of partnerships. All month long, we are recognizing the many ways in which both help position Philadelphia’s residents to compete for the jobs of the future and strengthen the talent pipeline of local and regional businesses. Investing in our city’s youth and young adults is essential to the strength of our local economy. We are excited to see how our intentional investment and ongoing commitment to them and to their professional development will shape the fast changing landscape of Philadelphia’s workforce.

Powerful partnerships are the foundation of Philadelphia's workforce system. Without them, all of our work would be in vain. It is through our public/private relationships that we have been able to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and remain hopeful for a bright future for the individuals and businesses of Philadelphia. Whether through innovative smart workforce solutions, business pipeline development, or resources to help residents thrive, our partnerships are vital to our organization's work and creating positive impacts on our great city.

As we look forward to spring, let us continue on with the same confidence and resilience that we have shown over the past year, proving that we are truly better together. We are currently looking forward to a number of premier hiring events from our corporate partners and city-wide initiatives to increase access and equity around skills strengthening for job seekers. It's full steam ahead at Philadelphia Works! 

Stay safe and well,
H. Patrick Clancy
President and CEO
Philadelphia Works

A Workforce Focus on the Power of Partnerships & Youth

Brightening the Future of Philadelphia’s Young People

Landing a job with little to no work experience can be difficult. Philadelphia Works supports and invests in several programs to help connect youth and young adults ages 12-24 to the resources they need to learn about the world of work, gain experience, build skills, and get employed. Here are 3 ways …

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City’s Renewed Commitment to Workforce Development, Including $1 Million for Innovative Workforce Solutions

In the fall of 2020, the Commerce Department’s Office of Workforce Development released a Call for Ideas seeking proposals for the new Workforce Solutions Grant. The goal was to identify innovative solutions that address workforce challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and exacerbated by long standing racial injustice. 

Through the Workforce Solutions Grant, the City of Philadelphia is investing $1 million in organizations and programs that will intentionally identify, elevate, and address the specific challenges Black, brown, and other historically disadvantaged residents face when preparing for and entering the workforce.

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Data & Trends

Philadelphia’s Labor Market February 2021

Using the latest available data, this quarterly update offers insight into Philadelphia’s labor market, industry mix, and economic development.

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For Businesses

[Virtual] City Hall Connectors: Managing Director Tumar Alexander

March 1, 2021

Join the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia for a virtual meeting with recently appointed Managing Director Tumar Alexander to discuss the City's efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and energize business recovery. Learn how Philadelphia’s business community can work with the City to help position the City towards meaningful recovery.

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For Career Seekers

Vocational Skills Training Program Calendar - PA CareerLink® Philadelphia

Philadelphia residents may qualify for free or low-cost vocational skills training to advance their careers across various industries including healthcare, technology, construction, and more.

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Career Seeker Resource Virtual Center - PA CareerLink® Philadelphia

Meet your goals from where you are. Our online resources for career seekers can help with job search, interview readiness, career exploration, skill-building, and much more. 

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ICYMI: News and Events

2021 WINC Institute

Watch highlights from the "She's Still Standing, Stand with Her" 2021 WINC Institute. 

For three days, tradeswomen and allies learned best practices, networked and celebrated the resilience of Philadelphia-area tradeswomen during the challenges of this past year. They attended workshops on best practices for recruiting and retaining women, practical safety and health tips for tradeswomen, and mentorship models to retain tradeswomen. Tradeswomen shared about their experiences, and discovered new resources to encourage and support more youth and adult women to build their careers in the trades in construction, manufacturing and transit.

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ApprenticeshipPHL Symposium 2021

Over the course of two weeks, subject matter experts spoke on the importance of why businesses should consider apprenticeship as a pandemic recovery strategy, how apprenticeship may be your best strategy for promoting race, equity, and inclusion, and the current state of the apprenticeship system and supports in Southeast PA and what is to come. 

If you missed the event, you can watch highlights here. 

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Additional Workforce Resources from our Partners

Philly Summer Jobs Fund Kick Off

March 3, 2021

PYN and Partners Will Host a Virtual Event to Kick Off the Philly Summer Jobs Fund for 2021 Join us on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, from 9:00 am - 10:00 am to highlight national youth employment data, showcase our 2020 achievements, and launch the fund for Summer 2021. 

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Welcoming Center - Solas Award 2021

March 3, 2021

The Solas Awards has always been about coming together and shining a light on the contributions immigrants have been making in our city and region. This year, it is especially important we continue this tradition. Solas 2021 will be an evening of inclusion, learning, and connecting virtually.

Please join the Welcoming Center on Wednesday, March 3rd as they mark The Welcoming Center’s 18th anniversary of promoting inclusive economic growth through immigrant integration.

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