The pandemic has inarguably, and in some instances irrevocably, changed the way we live, work, and learn. The recent transformation of our local economy has presented Philadelphia with a new set of workforce challenges that demands innovation.
The simultaneous occurrence of a massive economic shift, health care crisis, and social justice reckoning proved how critical innovation is during times of economic recovery. Fresh perspectives, courageous conversations, and creativity are helping Philadelphia Works (PhilaWorks) and key workforce partners strategically support businesses, preparing residents to thrive in a post-pandemic labor market.
Newly formed strategic partnerships have produced innovative workforce solutions like the PHL Career Portal and the Philadelphia Skills Forward Initiative, while change agents like Summer Search are hosting dialogues that hold leadership accountable to the overwhelming call to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in the future of work.
With these innovative workforce strategies comes the expectation of a renewed focus on reskilling for high-demand jobs, a shift to skills-based hiring, and the promotion of viable career pathways. Together we can help position Philadelphia as a progressive talent hub where businesses and people can thrive. You can help in Philadelphia's recovery efforts by learning more about “Recharge & Recover PHL" and then taking the pledge to support inclusive recovery in the Philadelphia Region.
Yours in service,
H. Patrick Clancy
(Image Credit: Summer Search)