Pipeline for success
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].
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.