Workforce

In order to ensure that Pennsylvania can continue to boast a skilled and inspired workforce and remain competitive in the global market, the PA Chamber has made workforce development a cornerstone of its mission. To that end, we are working to close the jobs skills gap through our dynamic “Start the Conversation HERE” initiative that is connecting students, educators and employers and informing them about in-demand jobs. We are also working with policymakers to strengthen existing workforce development programs and ensure that the Commonwealth is fully developing and harnessing the talent, skills and capacities of its citizens.

Bipartisan efforts further career readiness in Pa.

Bipartisan efforts further career readiness in Pa.

Nov 6, 2019 | Lancaster Online

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What’s WORKING at Pennsylvania College of Technology?

What’s WORKING at Pennsylvania College of Technology?

Oct 10, 2019

Tucked away in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania College of Technology is building a career-ready workforce.  As a special mission affiliate of Penn State, Penn College has advanced to become a nationally ranked, premier technical institution where a Penn College degree—combining a comprehensive education with hands-on experience using advanced technologies—is a considerable advantage in the world of work.  With a history of innovation and flexibility to meet emerging, real-world needs, the institution is positioned to attain even greater levels of success.

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PA Chamber: Thousands of Dollars in Scholarship Funds Awarded to Pennsylvania Students Pursuing Careers in the Skilled Trades

PA Chamber: Thousands of Dollars in Scholarship Funds Awarded to Pennsylvania Students Pursuing Careers in the Skilled Trades

Aug 20, 2019 | Tricia Harris

The Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation is proud to announce that 24 Commonwealth students have been awarded a total of $75,000 in mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Scholarships. The selected students are attending technical schools located within the Commonwealth to pursue careers in the skilled trades.  As part of its ongoing commitment to address the Commonwealth’s job skills gap, the PA Chamber Educational Foundation has teamed up with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation for the past three years. 

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How I See It: Where Criminal Justice and the Workforce Intersect

How I See It: Where Criminal Justice and the Workforce Intersect

Aug 6, 2019 | Lindsay Andrews

Vincent readily admits he was immature in his early 20s, a time when he was partying and convicted of driving under the influence, making false statements to police and retail theft.

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AHEDD: A Resource to Find and Keep Diverse Talent

AHEDD: A Resource to Find and Keep Diverse Talent

Aug 5, 2019 | Lindsay Andrews

Businesses that employ people with disabilities not only fill available labor needs, but often realize additional benefits and business opportunities. Employees with disabilities often assist companies in reaching NEW markets, suggesting product and process improvements, improving an organization's turnover rates and much more.

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SCCTC adds CDL training program

SCCTC adds CDL training program

Jul 24, 2019 | Susquehanna County

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New CDL program at CTC to help business needs in NEPA

New CDL program at CTC to help business needs in NEPA

Jul 24, 2019 | Scranton Times-Tribune

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SCCTC launches CDL training program

SCCTC launches CDL training program

Jul 24, 2019 | Wyoming County Examiner

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Pennsylvania starts automatic sealing of some criminal files

Pennsylvania starts automatic sealing of some criminal files

Jun 30, 2019 | Indiana Gazette

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Series of criminal justice reforms gaining steam in Pennsylvania

Series of criminal justice reforms gaining steam in Pennsylvania

Jun 7, 2019 | The Center Square

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Job’s for America’s Graduates

Job’s for America’s Graduates

May 22, 2019 | Lori K. Renne

Our recent All Business podcast takes us back to school where we are talking to Dr. Ruth Patterson at Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia about their JAG program—Job’s for America’s Graduates.  Listen in and learn how this program is teaching students employability skills and increases their workforce opportunities, all while reducing poverty and unemployment.

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Help former inmates get jobs

Help former inmates get jobs

May 10, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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PA Chamber Hires New Workforce Development Executive to Expand Workforce Efforts

PA Chamber Hires New Workforce Development Executive to Expand Workforce Efforts

May 3, 2019 | Tricia Harris

The PA Chamber of Business and Industry is proud to announce an expansion of its far-reaching workforce development efforts with the hire of Allen Norton as the organization’s first workforce development executive.

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How Military Veteran Partners is Generating More Veteran Employment Opportunities

How Military Veteran Partners is Generating More Veteran Employment Opportunities

Apr 29, 2019

Around 60 percent of veteran-owned businesses have experienced at least one financial shortfall, according to a recent report on veteran entrepreneurs. Beyond that, 75 percent of veteran entrepreneurs who were surveyed said that a lack of social capital — networks, mentors and other experts — was their biggest challenge to starting and growing their business.

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PA Chamber’s Lori Renne Selected for U.S. Chamber Foundation's Education and Workforce Fellowship Program

PA Chamber’s Lori Renne Selected for U.S. Chamber Foundation's Education and Workforce Fellowship Program

Apr 4, 2019 | Tricia Harris

The PA Chamber is proud to announce that the organization’s Director of Marketing, Lori Renne, has been selected to participate in the second cohort of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s premiere business leadership program. The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers and builds their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.

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Guest Editorial: Protecting the jobs of tomorrow

Guest Editorial: Protecting the jobs of tomorrow

Mar 29, 2019 | The Sentinel

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The bridge between jobs and the labor skills gap is education | Opinion

The bridge between jobs and the labor skills gap is education | Opinion

Feb 28, 2019 | Philadelphia Inquirer

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State Ramping Up Efforts to Close Skills Gap

State Ramping Up Efforts to Close Skills Gap

Feb 20, 2019 | New Castle News

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State Ramping Up Efforts to Close Skills Gap

State Ramping Up Efforts to Close Skills Gap

Feb 19, 2019 | Meadville Tribune

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Gov. Wolf Creates Command Center to Connect Workers With Jobs

Gov. Wolf Creates Command Center to Connect Workers With Jobs

Feb 19, 2019 | Philadelphia Inquirer

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State Ramping Up Efforts to Close Skills Gap

State Ramping Up Efforts to Close Skills Gap

Feb 19, 2019 | The Daily Item

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State Ramping Up Efforts to Close Skills Gap

State Ramping Up Efforts to Close Skills Gap

Feb 19, 2019 | The Tribune-Democrat

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The Challenge Program Inc.:  Meeting Workforce and Education Needs in Allegheny County

The Challenge Program Inc.: Meeting Workforce and Education Needs in Allegheny County

Feb 13, 2019

Since 2010, national and regional studies have been ringing the bell about a shortage of skilled and qualified employees coming our way. The future is now here.

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Gov. Wolf calls for $34.1B budget, no tax hikes

Gov. Wolf calls for $34.1B budget, no tax hikes

Feb 5, 2019 | Lehigh Valley Business

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In Centre County, business and education are joining forces to resolve to address local workforce needs

In Centre County, business and education are joining forces to resolve to address local workforce needs

Jan 10, 2019

With the goal of building a better local and regional workforce, the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County and the county’s educational leaders have joined forces to begin addressing the workforce needs of employers across industry sectors.

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How to grow business climate in Pennsylvania

How to grow business climate in Pennsylvania

Dec 14, 2018 | Lancaster Online

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An inside look at Forbes Magazine No. 1 Trade School: Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

An inside look at Forbes Magazine No. 1 Trade School: Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

Nov 19, 2018

Interview with PIA President CEO Suzanne Markel:
Congratulations on landing the Number One spot in Forbes’s “Top Trade School” List! What is the energy level at the school — and with your students — after receiving this honor?

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Workforce and The C-Suite:  Why Senior Leadership Needs To Be At The Helm

Workforce and The C-Suite: Why Senior Leadership Needs To Be At The Helm

Oct 25, 2018

In a recent webinar presented by the PA Chamber Education Foundation; Joe Harford, founder and president of cyber security company Reclamere, provided an overview of why the c-level must be involved in workforce to compete and remain in business. 

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Nazareth Prep: Bridging the Education-to-Employment Skills Gap

Nazareth Prep: Bridging the Education-to-Employment Skills Gap

Aug 23, 2018

High School Leverages Cross-Sector Partnerships to Train Students for 21st-Century Careers Recent reports from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development have examined an impending workforce shortfall and persistent skills gap that pose challenges to business growth in western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh area high school Nazareth College and Career Prep is addressing these issues head-on through cross-sector partnerships that allow the school to equip its students with in-demand skills and connect them to future employers.

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Millennials to Benefit from the Loss of Skilled Tradesmen

Millennials to Benefit from the Loss of Skilled Tradesmen

Aug 20, 2018

The recession, an aging workforce, and an increasing emphasis on high tech jobs have produced a shortage of skilled workers, particularly those in trades that require special training and certification. It is estimated that about 1 million skilled workers were fired or laid off during the recession, a number that still hasn’t been replaced. The National Electrical Contractors Association reports that approximately 10,000 electricians retire each year, with only an estimated 7,000 available to fill those positions - plumbers, carpenters, welders and other skilled trades face similar gaps, creating a potentially dangerous shortfall of qualified employees to replace workers who are retiring from skilled trade jobs.

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Commonwealth Charter Academy Focused on Filling Workforce Needs

Commonwealth Charter Academy Focused on Filling Workforce Needs

Jul 23, 2018

The All Business podcast welcomes Dr. Maurice Flurie, CEO of Commonwealth Charter Academy.  Commonwealth Charter Academy not only concentrates on fostering each students’ achievement, but also on the family – offering support and services so the family is integral to the learning environment! 

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A first look at second chances

A first look at second chances

Jan 16, 2018 | Lori K. Renne

Today I was inspired and motivated by second chances. I had the privilege of attending HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College's S.T.E.P. Academy graduation. The graduates were made up of a group of men and one woman who, in their past, maybe took a wrong turn, but were there now to make a right one. Who were ready to "step up" and make a better future for themselves and ready themselves with the tools they need to be successful in today's workforce.

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To be successful in today's global economy, Pennsylvania must develop and harness the talent, skills and capacities of its citizens. Workers must be able to adapt and continually acquire the work practices and skills required by modern, flexible businesses. Unfortunately, public workforce development programs are too often based on out-of-date industrial models and not designed to meet current needs. Programs must also embrace a life-long approach to learning that is critical to the economic success of the Commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry strongly encourages policymakers to undertake regular and thorough reviews of existing workforce development programs to make sure that each is part of achieving comprehensive, high quality results at an acceptable cost-per-participant. These reviews should include a cost-benefit analysis and an analysis of ways that excessive fragmentation of workforce development programs can be eliminated to provide more efficient delivery of services. Information from these reviews should be made readily available to the public. In addition, The Pennsylvania Chamber supports:

  • The establishment of clear performance criteria and system-wide accountability standards for all government workforce training programs.
  • Regular monitoring and continual improvement of all existing government workforce training programs.
  • Efforts to eliminate the perceived educational bias against vocational education programs.
  • Efforts to expand and improve technical education in Pennsylvania to help job-seekers meet the requirements for employers' unfilled or prospective positions.
  • Proven strategies to increase the workforce pipeline for all employers.
  • Systems that more efficiently connect job seekers with job openings; particularly for those occupations where there are projected to be significant opportunities in employment needs.
  • Programs that serve as effective means to fill the skills gap in those occupations which require some post-secondary training and which are expected to grow more rapidly than lower skill jobs requiring less education.
  • Determining current and long-term community workforce needs and tailoring local programs accordingly.
  • Promotion of private sector educational and training programs as well as encouraging institutions of higher education to offer courses aligning with workforce needs.