West Philadelphia Skills Initiative
In 2010, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative was launched to provide an innovative solution to a complex economic challenge: too many unfilled or high turnover jobs at some of Philadelphia’s largest employers and too many unemployed West Philadelphians. WPSI works in partnership with major employers to design recruitment, selection and assessment strategies and training solutions. By identifying real jobs with real vacancies and then preparing unemployed West Philadelphians to excel in these jobs, WPSI mitigates the skills gap and puts people to work in their own community.
Greater Philadelphia Healthcare Partnership
In an effort to address the need for a skilled health care workforce as well as improve career opportunities for incumbent workers and community members, the partnership offers training at a heavily discounted rate to employer members for their incumbent workers. They sponsor large grants that help the long-term unemployed and others to get jobs in health care.
Southeast Regional Workforce Development Partnership
This partnership addresses two of southeastern Pennsylvania’s most pressing needs: the need for skilled manufacturing workers to replace an aging workforce and the need to retain U.S. competitiveness in an increasingly global economy, by providing training and career advancement services that simultaneously benefit workers and employers.
Green City Works
Green City Works (GCW) builds upon the collective experience of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative and the purchasing power of West Philadelphia’s anchor institutions to create a social enterprise and workforce partnership that simultaneously moves low-skill, low-wage jobseekers into entry level positions and advances incumbent workers along career pathways in the landscaping, property management, and construction trades sectors. Specifically, GCW will lower barriers to employment, imparting a portable skill to participants and connecting them to permanent work. The partnership’s institutional partners will benefit by having skilled landscapers who are local residents with an investment in the community.
Early Childhood Education Workforce Transformation Initiative
Leveraging the Public Health Management Corporation’s (PHMC) role as the manager of the Southeast Regional Key (SERK), Pennsylvania’s quality rating system for early childhood education facilities, the partnership is working to holistically address significant workforce challenges in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector. While this partnership is still in planning, it is exploring a comprehensive plan to attract and retain talent to the rapidly growing ECE field using strategies spanning secondary to postsecondary education and policy and advocacy efforts
South Kensington Works
This partnership seeks to deepen relationships that exist in the community by connecting neighbors with neighbors in personalized and human ways. Specifically, they seek to create opportunities for neighbors of a variety of backgrounds to help, interact, and collaborate with each other toward building a neighborhood economy that is inclusive, sustainable, diverse, and vibrant, and place local people in local jobs.
The Advanced Manufacturing partnership convenes a wide range of the region’s manufacturing sector, serves as a model for employer engagement at the Community College of Philadelphia, and increase CCP’s presence and impact as an economic and workforce partner throughout the region. The best practice engagement strategies that emerge from this first year planning period will be used to inform the creation of partnerships between the College and additional sectors. This advanced manufacturing partnership specifically will address employer needs and challenges that include an aging incumbent workforce, low-skilled Individuals, changing technologies, and cross-training needs.