Workforce Development Programs in the Philadelphia Area
Pennsylvania Career Link Philadelphia:
Free training classes https://www.pacareerlinkphl.org/calendar/
Link to more resources https://www.pacareerlinkphl.org/careers/skills/
Link to jobs and other services https://www.pacareerlinkphl.org/careers/
The City’s adult education and career readiness classes help residents get the skills they need for work and life. Classes are free, and online options are available during COVID-19. Register on Website. Topics include:
- Reading, writing, and math.
- Basic computer skills.
- High school equivalency preparation.
- English for speakers of other languages.
Online Job Search Sites:
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Veteran Focused Programs
FourBlock Veteran Career Readiness Program fourblock.org
Transitioning service members and veterans enrolled in the Philadelphia cohort will connect with employee representatives from different host companies each week to build professional relationships and learn essential career building skills that will aid in their transition from military service to meaningful civilian careers. 80% attendance is required to complete the program and reach alumni status.
Spring 2022: The Fall 2021 cohort for Veteran Career Readiness is now closed, check website for spring enrollment details.
FourBlock Find Your Calling Program:
This is an online career transition course developed for the military by FourBlock and Columbia University, powered by T-Mobile. It features career guidance grounded in the latest career development research and delivered by industry experts, in order to equip service members for their military transition journey. Self-paced, about 1-3 hours per week. Starting 9/14/2021
Interviewing Practice for Veterans with feedback:
National Veteran Owned Business Association:
Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network:
NACE International Foundation: Veteran Workforce Development Program:
Department of Defense Skill Bridge Program:
O-Net Online, Department of Labor:
The Wardrobe (formerly Career Wardrobe), 413 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, (215) 568-669 careerwardrobe.org
The Wardrobe, formerly known as Career Wardrobe, is a nonprofit social enterprise open to all. Their goal is to eliminate clothing insecurity by outfitting people for life or work. move forward in their lives.
Coaching & Community Resources
Protocol International, (973) 761-8489 https://protocolinternational.online/
Programs focused on developing professional behavior, etiquette and interpersonal skills for professional and personal success. Individual and Group training available. Online: Protocol Academy is an online program where students can learn at their pace with assistance from a virtual support team
ShiftProfile, 2400 Market St Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19103, (215) 901-3088, shiftprofile.com
Job Interview Preparation and Career Help. Take ShiftProfile’s quiz to learn your interview type, identify what you need to work on so you can work on your weaknesses, be more prepared for your interviews and land your dream job.
The Rise Initiative – One on one coaching and trainings help adults identify and meet their career goals
Philadelphia Unemployment Project and Unemployment Information Center (PUP), 112 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, (215) 557-0822 https://philaup.org/web/
PUP website offers Philadelphians a hub for information on unemployment benefits, SNAP, housing, and career links. They offer news/updates on hiring, covid-19, stimulus package, and utilities benefit affecting Philadelphia. They collaborate with career links in helping people seeking employment throughout Philadelphia.
WorkReady 400 Market St, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106, (267) 502-3800 https://workready.org/employers
Career readiness program for youth in Philadelphia. The program partners with many of the local businesses in Philadelphia providing the Philadelphia Youth opportunities for summer internship, paid work experiences, and career readiness training. Website reports that applications for summer programs are open in early March until June. Managed by PYN.
KeySpot (Empowering Communities Through Technology) Multiple locations https://www.phillykeyspots.org
KeySpot is a network of public, private, and non-profit organization that provides technology, training, and other opportunities through community-based public access centers. Internet and computers offered to visitors to apply for jobs, write-up resumes, and career building training.
Programs Employing People (PEP) 1200 S. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (215) 389-4006 https://pepservices.org/
PEP is a non-profit corporation organized to promote social, vocational, educational, rehabilitative, recreational and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
JEVS 1845 Walnut St, 7th Flr, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 854-1800 https://www.jevshumanservices.org/programs/education–career–services/
JEVS Human Services provide a job service for those seeking to get back into the work force. They have programs for 55+ older Philadelphia looking to go back to work, career strategies, asylum/refugees job searches, job assist for people with felonies, and a few others programs across the spectrum. JEVS has a variety of services and programs for job seekers, including CareerLink, The Choice is Yours, the Vocational Research Institute, Work Ready and Orleans Technical College.
Fill out the JEVS contact form for more information.
Jevs HireAbility – Workforce Services for individuals with disabilities.
Pennsylvania Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Center
The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment.
Accessible Pharmacy for the Blind
Temple University: Institute on Disabilities
Lending Library for Assistive Technology:
Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), 1231 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 (215) 236-7700 http://philaoic.org/
The OIC Philadelphia, works to open opportunities for all members of the community, helping people everywhere get the skills they need to get good jobs and advance in their careers. Our mission is to assist the unemployed, the underemployed, the homeless, and disadvantaged youth and adults to achieve self-sufficiency and empowerment, primarily through education, training, job placement, and through supportive human services, house, and economic development. OIC – Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. is one of the region’s oldest and largest providers of tuition free job training and career development services,
The Urban League of Philadelphia connects career seekers from entry-level to professionals to skills development and career opportunities, and local businesses to talent from a diverse pool of candidates.
Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) 400 Market St, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (267) 502-3800 https://www.pyninc.org/
Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is a solutions-builder forging together significant players to alleviate a root cause of poverty by preparing 12-24-year-olds to become productive working adults. Our work is grounded in the understanding that young people need access to both education and employment, proven factors in being prepared for a career.
Upper Darby Community Outreach Corporation (UDDC), 240 Long Lane, Upper Darby, PA 19082 (610) 352-7008 https://www.outreachcorp.org/
Upper Darby Community Outreach Corporation is a registered 501 3(c) non-profit organization servicing Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and it’s surrounding communities including: West Philadelphia, Lansdowne, Yeadon, Darby, and more… Our mission is to provide affordable, education-based programs and opportunities to the people in our community. The six programs we offer to people of all ages include: After School Program, Summer Camp, Health Service, High School Diploma Programs, and our English Language Institute.
The Beachell Family Learning Center grounds the Economics Inclusion Initiative of the Office of University & Community Partnerships’ place -based strategy in West Philadelphia, in four crucial areas: adult education, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and financial wealth.
City Year Philadelphia 2221 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA (215) 988-2118 www.cityyear.org
City Year Philadelphia is a division of Americorps. City Year brings together young adults from diverse backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement. United in their desire to serve, these young leaders invest their talents and energy to solve critical problems in their communities, engage volunteers, and make a positive difference in the lives of others
The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, 1617 JFK Blvd, Suite 555, Philadelphia, PA (215) 557-2626 www.welcomingcenter.org
The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians serves immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia area. Services included: job placement and employment assistance, social services information and referral, free monthly legal clinics, advice and resources for small business owners.
Philadelphia Workforce Development Corp. 1617 JFK Blvd, Suite 555, Philadelphia, PA (215) 963-2100 http://www.philaworks.org
Free assistance with training, resumes, and job placement. Philadelphia Works, Inc. develops and manages workforce solutions that respond to business needs and increase economic opportunity for all Philadelphians.
Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE) 34 S. 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 683-3370 phila.gov/rise/riseservices
Mayor’s Office to get ex-offenders back on track.
Temple University’s Center for Social Policy and Community Development (CSPCD) partners with communities and social service agencies throughout the Commonwealth to address issues that impact health and well-being of individuals and communities.
Congreso’s adult education programs include ESL, GED, Harcum College at Congreso and work readiness components. Whether adults are looking to return to an academic environment to complete their GED, or have decided to further their education by obtaining an associate’s degree from Harcum College, it’s all here at Congreso. Congreso offers a child development associate training program and a licensed tractor–trailer driver certificate program.
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Philadelphia Job Corps Life Science Institute , 2810 S. 20th St, Bldg 12 Philadelphia, PA 19145 (800) 733-5627 https://philadelphia.jobcorps.gov/
At Philadelphia Job Corps Life Science Institute, we support the Job Corps program’s mission to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 520 N. Delaware Ave, 7th Fl, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 687-4381 https://namiphilly.org/index.html
NAMI PHILADELPHIA offers a monthly support group, connections to services that aid and assists in recovery, and community integration. NAMI PHILADELPHIA assists family members with a Family-To- Family course. The NAMI PHILADELPHIA office offers a safe space to visit and talk with a knowledgeable affiliate member.
Workforce Solutions is Uplift Solutions workforce development training program launched in May 2017 to alleviate poverty by addressing social deficits and access to employment in under-served communities. The program is built on the foundation of life skills training with a progression into technical skills training. The program provides both hard and soft skills through a combination of classroom instruction, hands on experience, and on-the-job support.
Project HOME 1515 Fairmount Ave, (215) 232-7272 https://www.projecthome.org/
Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of services comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. We address the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and health care.
Workplace – Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine St, BRIC, Ground Fl, (833) 825-5357 https://libwww.freelibrary.org/locations/departments/workplace
The Workplace is a service that supports job seekers within the Business Resource & Innovation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Since 1987, Workplace has provided current information and resources on changing careers, job searching techniques, and emerging employment fields to help career changers and job seekers achieve their goals. The Workplace offers group class instruction and one-on-one instruction by appointment in the use of these resources.
Entrepreneur Works 400 Market St, Suite 210, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 545-3100 https://www.myentrepreneurworks.org/
Entrepreneur Works creates pathways of opportunity for talented yet underserved entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur Works is a nonprofit organization that offers access to micro-loans, business training, and one-on-one guidance to hundreds of entrepreneurs each year, empowering small business owners from all walks of life to succeed, prosper, and build sustainable communities.
Temple University Small Business Development Center, 1510 Cecil B. Moore Ave. (215) 204-7282
Women’s Business Enterprise Center East (WBEC) 1315 Walnut Street, #1116, (215) 790-9232 wbeceast.com
An advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs in Pennsylvania, from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, as well as Delaware and Southern New Jersey. WBEC believes diversity promotes innovation, opens doors, and creates partnerships that fuel the economy. Providing the most relied upon certification standard for women-owned businesses, as well as world-class entrepreneurial training and education – combined with powerful tools and networking opportunities – to help you succeed.
American Red Cross 2221 Chestnut St.
American Red Cross Nurse assistant training and testing, lifeguard and water safety training, phlebotomist paid training (mix of classroom instruction and field practice). The phlebotomy program is a paid-training career opportunity. The CNA program is free in most need-based instances. Form for information: http://prod.arcphss.org/tsc–nat–leads
A civil or non-civil service job with the City of Philadelphia has numerous benefits. Opportunities range in skillset needed or education requirements, but some may offer on-site job training. Current listings can be accessed here. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Community Integrated Services 441 N. 5th Street, Suite 101 Several locations in PA and DE, 215-238-7411 cisworks.org
Empowers people with disabilities through individual employment opportunities that foster self-sustainability, equality, and community. Email email@example.com
Community College of Philadelphia 1700 Spring Garden St.
Workforce training programs are offered in four different career pathways: healthcare (nurse aide, dental assistant, pharmacy technician), automotive (emissions and safety inspection, braking, steering), advanced manufacturing (CNC precision machining, electromechanical/mechatronic technology, blueprint reading, gas distribution pipeline mechanic, welding), business and technology (bookkeeping, customer service and call center representative). All programs begin with “21st-century skills” training, defined by the college as computer literacy, workplace essentials, core communication and orientation to careers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Early childhood education, healthcare delivery, behavioral health specialist and nursing aide programs for entry and mid-level positions available, as well as transition bridge programs and GED classes. The District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund’s program and class offerings are based on the needs of both the healthcare industry and its employers. All Career Pathways are designed to train and develop the skills our graduates need to meet employer expectations and prepare them for ever-changing healthcare careers.
1500 Walnut St. If you are successfully admitted to the Home Care Associates home health aide or attendant program, you receive paid, on-the-job training for twelve weeks. Email email@example.com for more information.
9191 Torresdale Ave. An accredited automotive technician training program with two career-specific paths to choose from: automotive technology and automotive service management. Chat with a live representative on Lincoln Technical Institute’s site for more information.
Work-based learning and training programs to become a facilities maintenance worker, certified nurse assistant, clinical medical assistant, emergency medical technician, pharmacy technician or a culinary artist are offered, as well as GED classes, driver education and English language learning.
New Horizons Computers https://www.careerdevelopmentsolutions.com/webinars – free webinars on topics related to job search and basic computer skills. Referral needed from a workforce program to do other free computer training.
Women’s Opportunities Resource Center, 2010 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, (215)-564-5500 worc-pa.com
WORC promotes social and economic self-sufficiency primarily for economically disadvantaged women and their families. WORC provides entrepreneurial training, individual business assistance, incentive savings programs, and access to business and financial resources. WORC empowers its constituents through various self-help strategies including savings, a self-employment network, and access to its local and national affiliations.