March 2021

A Message from our President & CEO


While any time is a good time to recognize and celebrate the people who add value and meaning to our lives and work, in recognition of Women's History Month, I would like to take this time to acknowledge the amazing women in workforce development. A great deal of my career has been spent in workforce development; and an even greater amount of time has been spent planning, innovating, strategizing, and partnering with creative, strong, intelligent, and purpose-driven women. The women in this industry add immeasurable value and vital perspective as we collectively strive to increase access to resources, equity in opportunity, and diversification in collaboration, ultimately helping individuals to realize their full potential and families to thrive. Without women having a seat at the table, both the room and the table are meaningless. To all the women who bring their full selves to this work each day, I thank you. Happy Women's History Month.  

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

Women in Workforce

Women in Nontraditional Careers (WINC)

The Women in Nontraditional Careers (WINC) Project is a Philadelphia regional collaboration to support, increase and advance the participation of women in construction, manufacturing, and transit careers. Founded in the summer of 2018, WINC began as a conversation between women representing the construction, manufacturing, and transit industries about the challenges of recruiting and retaining women in their industries. What emerged was a multi-stakeholder collaboration that includes community colleges, apprenticeship and training programs, employers, industry and union representatives, non-profit and governmental agencies, and most importantly, women working in manufacturing, construction, and transit.

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Data & Trends

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Local and Regional Plan for Philadelphia and Surrounding Counties Program Years 2021-2024

In accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)—which establishes an integrated workforce system designed to meet the needs of businesses and job seekers—the Philadelphia Workforce Development Board is seeking public comments on its WIOA strategic plan for Program Years July 1, 2021-June 30, 2024. The plan details the board’s strategic workforce planning efforts informed by local workforce and economic analysis, resultant vision and goals, system-wide strategies by which the goals will be achieved, operational plans by which these strategies will be executed, and the board’s compliance with federal, state and local requirements.

Comments on the regional plan will be accepted until
March 26, 2021, at 4 p.m.

**Comments should be submitted to with WIOA Local Plan Comments in the subject line.**

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For Businesses

Workforce Wednesday: No-cost resources to help local businesses hire, grow, and retain talent

As the City’s Workforce Development Board, Philadelphia Works understands how vital it is for businesses to have access to the resources they need to hire, grow, and retain talent. Maintaining a diverse pipeline of skilled workers for businesses to recruit from is a significant part of a strong workforce system; and vital for businesses to stay competitive in their respective industries.

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For Career Seekers

Career Fair at Citizens Bank Park

Join us for a socially distanced, in-person hiring event for individuals interested in exploring employment opportunities in the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics industry.

Employers will be hiring for Drivers, Shipping and Receiving staff, Package Handlers. Customer Service Representatives, Warehouse Associates, and Managers/Supervisors. There will be over 20 employers present, and ready to hire! Employers scheduled to be on-site include, but are not limited to:

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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 & Events

Aon recruiting Philadelphia businesses for its apprenticeship program this spring

Philadelphia Works and Aon believe apprenticeship programs can not only help provide jobs, but also let employers find workers who have the skills they need. A 2019 study from Accenture found that apprenticeships can help bridge the skills gap that employers so often report as a challenge when recruiting. Aon is also focusing on apprenticeships to provide a path to gainful employment for people who don’t have access to getting a traditional four-year college degree, Marc Armstrong, managing principal of Aon’s Philadelphia office, said in an interview.

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Additional Workforce Resources from Our Partners

Get Virtual One-on-One Assistance from the Office of Business Services

Beginning in March, the Department of Commerce’s Office of Business Services is launching “Zoom With Us,” virtual one-on-one business support sessions to help Philadelphia businesses plan, launch, manage, and grow. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact daily life for Philadelphians, the past year has been one of immense challenges, especially for our local business community. Local small businesses have shown incredible resilience, and the City will continue to highlight resources offered by the public and private sectors, as they become available.

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