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 Investment Board, Inc. (LVWIB) 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 LVWIB has immediate opportunities and the financial resources to train your workers.

Whether you have one or over 1,000 employees, the LVWIB 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 Esther Wenck, Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc. at (610) 841-1129 or ewenck@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, Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc. at 610-841-1006 or gkormanik@lvwib.org.

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

  • Industry Spotlight

    14.2% of Labor Force
    Employed in Professional & Business Services
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    $37 Billion

    Gross Domestic Product

  • Investor Spotlight
    City Center Lehigh Valley
  • Industry Spotlight

    10.2% of Labor Force
    Employed in Manufacturing
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    $4.3 Billion

    Exports (2015)

  • Investor Spotlight
    Air Products
  • Industry Spotlight

    1325 Total Office Buildings

  • By the Numbers
    $58,134

    Median Household Income

  • Investor Spotlight
    PPL Electric Utilities
  • Industry Spotlight

    1707 Total Industrial Buildings

  • By the Numbers
    24,400

    New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

  • Investor Spotlight
    National Penn
  • Industry Spotlight

    4.8% Industrial
    Vacancy Rate

  • By the Numbers
    658,477

    Population

  • Investor Spotlight
    Olympus
  • Industry Spotlight

    8.8% Office
    Vacancy Rate

  • By the Numbers
    336,100

    Labor Force

  • Investor Spotlight
    Lutron Electronics
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    10% of Labor Force
    Employed in Leisure & Hospitality
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    4,359

    Technology Patents from 2000-2013

  • Investor Spotlight
    Mack Trucks
  • Industry Spotlight

    1.6% of Labor Force
    Employed in Food & Beverage Manufacturing
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    25 Million

    Office Inventory (Square Feet)

  • Investor Spotlight
    UGI
  • By the Numbers
    108 Million

    Industrial Inventory (Square Feet)

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    NFI