Now that you have a business, you need reliable employees to support your growth and ease your workload. Take advantage of these resources that can help you recruit, train, and retain good workers.
Skills Training for New Hires and Current Employees
Training for Prospective and Newly Hired Employees
- PA CareerLink Customized Job Training
Members of Philadelphia’s PA CareerLink Business Services Team can work with you to customize training programs to fit your company’s needs. Your business may be eligible for direct funding to train prospective employees. For more information on customized job training policies, procedures, and employer responsibility, visit PWDC.
- PACareerLink On-The-Job Training (OJT)
On-the-Job Training (OJT) is a program of the Pennsylvania CareerLink designed for a company who has identified a job seeker who does not necessarily have all the related training or work experience to qualify for an open position. Employers are eligible for a 50% reimbursement of the new worker’s salary to offset the training costs, not to exceed $6,000. The training is provided by the company during a fixed training period between 12 and 16 weeks. The candidate cannot currently be working for the company. Contact PACareerLink at 215-557-2625.
- Philadelphia Works
Philadelphia Works is the public workforce agency in Philadelphia and connects employers to a skilled workforce and helps individuals develop the skills needed to thrive in the workplace. We can help you expand your businesses by helping you find, train, and in some cases, subsidize new employees.
Skills Upgrading Training for Current Employees
- Corporate Solutions – Community College of Philadelphia
Corporate Solutions prepares your business to stay competitive in your industry, increase workforce productivity, retain employees and improve your bottom line. The College has provided customized training programs to Philadelphia employers for more than 30 years.
- PA CareerLink Industry Partnership Program
The Industry Partnership (IP) Program prioritizes training funds to areas of critical occupational need. Funds are awarded to partnerships that move trainees up a career ladder, place trainees into High Priority Occupations (HPOs) and provide for career advancement opportunities. As defined in ACT 67 of 2011, IP grant funds are provided to collaboratives that bring together multiple employers and workers or, when appropriate, worker representatives and career and technical educators, in targeted industry clusters.
The Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA) brings funds to qualified companies to strengthen the business environment of the Commonwealth by helping companies improve the skills and productivity of Pennsylvania workers. WEDnetPA offers Essential Skills training and Advanced Technology training for manufacturing.
Other Value-Added Service to Enhance the Skills of Your Workers
- Literacy, Language, and Computer Skills in the Workplace Through partnerships with local organizations, employees can receive customized workforce literacy services to enhance the skill level and efficiency of the company’s workforce. These services can focus on areas such as customer service, conflict resolution, workplace documentation, technical or applied mathematics, interpersonal communication, computers and technology, English as a Second Language (ESL), and more. For additional information, please the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy at (215) 686-5253.
- Transportation Assistance Transportation can sometimes be a barrier to employment. PA CareerLink Business Services Team works closely with several organizations in the region to make the commute to work more manageable. Contact PACareerLink at 215-557-2625.
- Immigration Regulation Information and Assistance Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, can help guide businesses through immigration regulations and procedures, particularly as they relate to employment.
- Tax Credits Your business may also be eligible for certain tax incentives associated with employees in designated categories. For more information please refer to the Philadelphia Department of Commerce Workforce Incentives page or by phone at 215-683-2100
Connection to Future Workers: WorkReady Philadelphia
Young people bring fresh ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to the job, and can significantly contribute to your day-to-day operations. Consider hiring an intern to support your work environment. High school students can be easily trained to do many tasks and functions that will ease your employees’ workloads. There are even some projects that they are uniquely suited for (think market research into teen trends or monitoring your company’s presence on Web 2.0 sites like Facebook and Twitter.)
The Philadelphia Youth Network, as managing partner for WorkReady programs, can handle payroll and insurance as well as provide pre-internship training and ongoing support.
First determine if a high school student can easily be trained to do the work you need done. Also consider what experience you want the student to have (don’t just bring them in to do your grunt work). Make sure that you, or someone on your staff, will be able to dedicate the time required to sufficiently train them and help them derive as much benefit as possible from the experience.
To learn more about this program and how to participate, visit Work Ready Philadelphia.