THRIVE! August 2021

A Message from our President & CEO

Educate, Train, Grow, Repeat

At the core of smart workforce solutions and a thriving local economy is an absolute consensus that training and education are top priorities. When we invest in the upskilling of our workforce, we prepare individuals with more than just the skills they need to perform on the job. Through training and education opportunities, we help to open a world of exploration, confirmation, and innovation. We forge strategic partnerships to help achieve goals and see dreams come true.

Through Preapprenticeship/Apprenticeship, vocational skills training, the development of free online training and career resources (specifically the PHL Career Portal), and substantial investments in youth and young adult services, Philadelphia Works is proud of its continued training and educational investments. To our partners, board members, providers, and funders thank you. To anyone looking to jumpstart their career, come explore opportunities by registering for the Summer Hiring Series hosted by our PA CareerLink® Centers. There are still two events to attend!

Yours in service,  
H. Patrick Clancy

Monthly Workforce Focus: Education & Training

Educate, Train, Grow, Repeat!

Education and training programs help prepare individuals with more than just the skills they need to perform on the job. It opens a world of exploration, confirmation, and innovation. Through Preapprenticeship/Apprenticeship, vocational skills training, and free online training and career resources, PhilaWorks helps to build a thriving workforce and a stronger local economy.

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Data & Trends

2021-2022 High Priority Occupation List

Each year, Philadelphia Works collects petitions from employers and partners for needed additions to the region's High Priority Occupations 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.

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For Businesses

Hire and Grow Talent: Business Workforce Services

Philadelphia Works’ Business Engagement Team is here to assist businesses in identifying a variety of employment and training solutions to find, grow, and retain talent. At no cost to employers, our business solutions offer comprehensive services and strategic partnerships that diversify talent pipelines and support economic growth.

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For Career Seekers

Philadelphia Skills Forward Initiative: Let's Grow Together!

Encourage your family, friends, and community members to connect to the Philadelphia Skills Forward Initiative to receive access to training and career advancement opportunities that actively support thier future!

The Philadelphia Skills Forward Initiative (Skills Forward) is a partnership between Philadelphia Works, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater PhiladelphiaAccenture, and Graduate! Philadelphia. The goal of the initiative is to provide 5,000 individuals in Philadelphia with training, skill development, and employment opportunities that support career pathways and helping individuals earn more money. 

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ICYMI: News & Events

Scholarships for local CCP students

Hilco Redevelopment Partners has earmarked $250,000 in scholarship donations to local residents attending Community College of Philadelphia.

The real estate investor, which began transforming the 1,300-acre former Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery, announced a quarter-million-dollar Hilco Helps Scholarship program over the next 10 years with the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation.

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Workforce Realigned: How New Partnerships Are Advancing Economic Mobility

WorkforceRealigned, a new book by Social Finance, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, describes how innovative workforce partnerships can reboot economic mobility in America.

Read Philadelphia Works' own Tyrone Hampton Jr. and Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Ashley Putnam's chapter, Rewiring Workforce Partnerships: Training Model Innovation in Philadelphia, here:


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