THRIVE! May 2021

A Message from H. Patrick Clancy

An Attitude of Gratitude

With close to 600 workforce development boards (WDB) nationally and 22 throughout Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Works is among a large network of professionals who work hard each day to enhance the global competitiveness of our economy by supporting businesses and developing a world-class workforce. While our efforts to build a thriving workforce largely benefit Philadelphia residents and regional businesses, this month, we tip our hats to the national and statewide organizations that continually support our mission. To the divisions of workforce in the offices of the U.S. Department of Labor, the  PA Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the PA Department of Human Services, and to the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) and the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association (PWDA), we thank you for all you do.

With gratitude,
H. Patrick Clancy  

State and Nation-wide Workforce Updates

Philadelphia Works Joins the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) and USDA’s SNAP E&T (Employment & Training)’s New Cohort

15 workforce development boards will work toward becoming new SNAP E&T providers or expand current services

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NAWB Forum 2021

The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) annual conference is an opportunity for workforce development professionals, who all speak the same language and are working toward aligned missions, to come together for the sake of growth, camaraderie, and idea-sharing. Registration is now open for The Forum 2021: Evolving to Excellence, which will take place in D.C. and online June 24 - 26. This year, the Forum’s Pathways to Excellence represent the key areas in which workforce development boards need to focus their attention and resources to meet the individual and employer needs of their community. Additionally, the four key themes for the Pathways to Excellence (thought leadership, the future of work, demonstrating results, and building skills provide an organized format to share best practices and engage workforce leaders and staff in critical discussions. 

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Data & Trends

Philadelphia: An Executive Summary of Economic and Demographic Trends

The economic and demographic characteristics of Philadelphia residents have shifted rapidly over the past decade. Population and employment growth, increases in educational attainment, and decreases in the overall poverty rate have all transformed the way our city functions. In response to these changing characteristics, policy leaders must also adapt their program models. While many areas of the city have seen improvements, many others have not. Understanding these nuances will help to target specific underrepresented areas and populations.

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2021-2022 High Priority Occupation List

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Workforce System has established High Priority Occupations (HPOs) as one component of Pennsylvania’s industry-driven approach to workforce development. The purpose of the HPO lists is to align workforce training and education investments with occupations that are in demand by employers, have higher skill needs and are most likely to provide family-sustaining wages.

Draft list for 2021-2022 High Priority Occupations List

Employers and workforce, education, training, and economic development agencies interested in petitioning for the inclusion of an occupation should reach out through by May 21, 2021, to complete a request and provide related documents. Petitions are due to the State on June 19, 2021.

Review the Draft HPO List
For Businesses

Legislative Updates: A Weekly Roundup of Federal, State, and Local Actions

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadephia's advocacy team is working to share legislative updates and continue to advocate for your business in Washington, D.C., Harrisburg, and Philadelphia. They’ve created a round-up of recent activity including Key Takeaways for Your Business and a Detailed Legislative Update. This represents our best knowledge of the situation as of 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Chamber members are invited to join weekly legislative update calls hosted by their Advocacy team to hear the latest on COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts at the federal, state, and local level as well as other legislative matters concerning our community.

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For Career Seekers


Introducing the PHL Career Portal, an online learning platform offering a variety of courses that were developed to help individuals strengthen their skills so that they can compete for the jobs they want!

Explore the PHL Career Portal Today!

Philadelphia Skills Forward Initiative

The Philadelphia Skills Forward Initiative serves everyone. Whether someone is on a path towards college, first-time employment, or a career transition, the program is designed to meet individuals right where they are. The program starts with online training designed to help job seekers fine-tune their skills through courses in one of three specialized career tracks:

Additionally, once training courses are completed, Skills Forward learners will also be given the opportunity to connect with a mentor to guide them on their professional journey and interview with local companies who have expressed a commitment to Skills Forward participants. 

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ICYMI: News & Events

Republic Bank gifts PhilaWorks $30k

The support from Republic Bank over the next two years will allow Philadelphia Works to expand its participation in priority workforce initiatives where our expertise is valued and required, and to increase our capacity for innovation. We invite you to invest in Philadelphia Works as we prepare today’s workforce for tomorrow’s economy.

Skill Up Philly!

Learn more about Philadelphia's newest training and employment resource hub
Wednesday, May 19th, 11:00 AM EST

To compete in today’s job market, building new skills is necessary. Now is the perfect time to grow professionally and learn new technologies. To support your career development in a rapidly changing economy, Philadelphia Works is excited to introduce the PHL Career Portal to our local residents.

Attend this webinar to learn how to access career resources from the comfort of your own home!

Participants will:

  • Gain awareness of the PHL Career Portal and the registration process
  • Become familiar with the types of resources available through the PHL Career Portal
  • Understand the benefits of becoming a Skills Forward learner through the PHL Career Portal
Register Today
Additional Workforce Resources from Our Partners

WorkReady: Virtual Internship Toolkit

Interested in hosting a virtual internship but need some support? Read and download WorkReady®’s toolkit for valuable tips, resources, and templates.

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