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 17 public school districts, as well as private, parochial, and charter schools graduate over 7,000 high school students annually. Some of these students attend our three state-of-the-art Career and Technical Centers that prepare over 1,000 students annually for futures in technical careers, the military, or post-secondary education.
Additionally, the Lehigh Valley is home to Skills USA Council, which helps vocational technical students learn about potential career paths by teaching leadership skills and connecting them with local business leaders. The region’s plentiful higher education institutions (error, should link to our education page) prepare future workers while, customized training can be specifically designed for your business by both Lehigh Carbon Community College and Northampton Community College.
Comprehensive Business Services
Workforce Board Lehigh Valley and its PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley workforce system offer a comprehensive menu of customized employer services for businesses to access qualified workers, training services, and resources including:
- Personalized intermediary services to connect employers to workforce development, education, economic development and community-based partners to assist with business and industry hiring and workforce development needs
- Workforce intelligence, labor market data, trends, and wage information.
- Back-office Human Resources team for companies, providing workforce services at no charge including job postings on the PA CareerLink® online job matching system, customized recruiting, candidate screening and referrals, and rapid response services for business growth and right-sizing.
- Specialized Job Fairs and Recruitment Events.
- Workforce resources for companies through On-the-Job Training (OJT) to defray the cost of a new hire. Training subsidies available for OJT of new hires, which may result in a 50 percent wage reimbursement for up to a maximum of 1,000 hours or six months of work-based training.
- Transitional Subsidized Employment (TSE) funds available to employers who hire individuals who are long-term unemployed or have inconsistent work history, amounting to 75 percent of the new hire’s wage for a maximum of 500 hours or three months.
- Sector partnerships convene companies to address common workforce needs through workforce services, incumbent worker resources and special grants, as available.
- Access to pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, internships, mentorships and work experiences to develop a workforce pipeline.
For more information, contact Gina Kormanik, Business Relations Director, Workforce Board Lehigh Valley, 610-841-1006 or GKorma[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.