Grant will focus on re-skilling displaced workers into high-priority occupations
It was announced this week that SCPa Works, in partnership with other regional partners, has been awarded $575,000 from the PA Department of Labor & Industry to develop a program to serve unemployed and underemployed workers in our region.
Transition Pathways is a multilevel approach to addressing the relationship of underemployment and lack of market-ready skills of displaced workers. SCPa Works CEO, Jesse McCree, is excited to begin this initiative and states, “This investment in our region’s workforce will be targeted to displaced workers who are committed to re-entering the workforce with more demand-driven skills and increased competitiveness for high-priority occupations. SCPa Works is excited to provide this investment to improve career opportunities for hard-working Pennsylvanians in the South Central region.”
This innovative program will focus on a pilot cohort of recently displaced workers to provide them the training and supportive services to re-skill them into career pathways for high-priority occupations. This new process will keep the participant actively engaged in assessment and training, preventing a break in the continuity of service between partners.
A local workforce system collaboration co-leveraging the many available resources will ensure an ongoing process to identify, recruit, and train dislocated workers for high priority occupations. Ultimately, participants will increase individual skills with in-demand certifications and credentials validated by local employers.