Pipeline for success

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Recognizing the importance of providing a superior pipeline of highly-trained workers, the Lehigh Valley offers a multitude of programs aimed at strengthening its already high-class workforce. Our plentiful higher education institutions prepare future workers while, customized on the job training can be specifically designed for your business at both Lehigh Carbon Community College and Northampton Community College.

The Lehigh Valley offers several other workforce training programs beyond these educational institutions. Skills USA helps vocational technical students learn about potential career paths by teaching leadership skills and connecting them with local business leaders. The Charter Partners Institute helps high school students see the value in entrepreneurship and helps students start businesses at their schools. The Keystone Innovation Zone Internship Program places local college students at startup companies located in Southside Bethlehem, many of which have directly resulted in job placement.

Financial incentives for workforce training

Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. (LVWDB) is working to help business and industry preserve our competitive edge with a highly-educated and skilled workforce.

If you are hiring new workers or if your current workforce needs upgraded skills, the LVWDB has immediate opportunities and the financial resources to train your workers.

Whether you have one or over 1,000 employees, the LVWDB has funding available through On-The-Job Training and Industry Partnership Programs to help you achieve a world-class, competitive workforce.

  • Up to 75 percent reimbursement of wages for on-the-job training of new hires or upgrading the skills of your existing workforce is available to offset your training costs. For more information about On-The-Job training, contact the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board at 610-432-4087 or lvwib.org.
  • Up to 75 percent reimbursement of training your existing workforce in higher skills, specific to the targeted clusters of Diversified Manufacturing, Healthcare, Logistics and Transportation, Energy and Food/Beverage. Industry Partnerships bring together employers in the same industry to train workers within the cluster to create a skilled workforce. For more information about Industry Partnership Training, contact Gina Kormanik, LVWDB at 610-841-1006 or [email protected].

Industry-specific training

The Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) helps small and mid-sized manufacturers become more competitive, adopt lean and agile processes, strategically grow their companies, and invest more effectively in their existing human capital.

Far beyond certifications and funding assistance, the MRC offers job creators access to specialized coaching, mentorship, and a variety of business and marketing assistance normally outside the reach of most manufacturers.

The MRC’s true value comes from its vast network of economic and strategic partners, years of experience, and flexibility in scope and type of service.

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Lehigh ValleyQuick Facts

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9.1% of Labor Force
Employed in Professional, Technical, Financial & Business Services
Q2 2017

By the Numbers
$39.1 Billion

Gross Domestic Product
2016

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City Center Lehigh Valley
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10.5% of Labor Force
Employed in Manufacturing
Q2 2017

By the Numbers
$3.44 Billion

Exports
2015

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Air Products
By the Numbers
$59,989

Median Household Income

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PPL Electric Utilities
By the Numbers
24,246

New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

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National Penn
By the Numbers
659,312

Population

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Olympus
By the Numbers
344,623

Labor Force

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Lutron Electronics
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33% of Labor Force
Employed in Health Care, Social Assistance & Education

By the Numbers
4,399

Technology Patents from 2000-2015

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Mack Trucks
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10.7% of Labor Force
Employed in Accomodation, Food Services, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

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UGI
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NFI
By the Numbers
$6.9 Billion

Manufactuing Contribution to GDP
2016

By the Numbers
$7.98 Billion

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Contribution to GDP
2016

By the Numbers
$5.3 Billion

Professional & Business Services
Contribution to GDP
2016

By the Numbers
21.7%

Population between ages 18 and 34