Sunbury, PA – To help businesses connect with skilled and talented workers, Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak met with representatives from Dempsey Uniforms & Linen Supply and the PA CareerLink® Northumberland/Snyder/Union Counties today to discuss the Wolf Administration’s job training and career readiness initiatives.
“PA CareerLink® is an effective one-stop shop for Pennsylvania job seekers and employers that connects businesses to a local skilled workforce,” said Secretary Oleksiak. “It’s great to hear that local workers are finding good, middle-class jobs with major employers in the Sunbury area, such as Dempsey, through PA CareerLink®.”
Cindy Scovish, human resource specialist from Dempsey Uniforms & Linen Supply, spoke on the company’s experiences using CareerLink® services to hire employees. Dempsey collaborates with the CareerLink®’s Business Services team, attends PA CareerLink® career fairs, Manufacturing Day events, and employer seminars, provides facility tours and strives to proactively reach out to local dislocated workers.
Dempsey also partners with PA CareerLink® to participate in Career Exploration workshops, hosts job shadows for various programs, and regularly provides “career path” presentations to local high school students, focusing on career progression and opportunities. A strong supporter of the Out-of-School Youth program, Dempsey participates in Paid Work Experience programs and has hired many young adults that successfully completed paid work experiences with them.
“Dempsey relies heavily on the Northumberland/Snyder/Union county Careerlink® team to help us staff our facility in Sunbury,” said Scovish. “Both employers and job-seekers are fortunate to have such a creative and caring team serving them locally to match people with jobs. If a job-seeker isn’t utilizing the services of Careerlink®, they are missing out.”
PA CareerLink® has a customer-centered approach that helps prepare job seekers to meet the needs of a 21st century economy, and matches employers with qualified and skilled candidates. L&I recently announced a series of improvements to the PA CareerLink® system, including the pacareerlink.pa.gov website. CareerLink® staff and partners are also undergoing customer service training to ensure that all customers receive exceptional service in their job-seeking and hiring needs.
“Partnering with companies like Dempsey and helping them to grow their talent through the PA CareerLink® programs is a win-win for the company, jobseekers, and the local workforce network,” said Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation Executive Director Erica Mulberger. “Dempsey is able to share what their company needs to be competitive in the 21st century, and the PA CareerLink® is able to use that feedback to promote robust engagement with both employers and job seekers.”
“Governor Tom Wolf understands the need for growing businesses to have access to a skilled workforce,” added Oleksiak. “That’s why his PAsmart initiative is improving opportunities for career and technical training and education in Pennsylvania, allowing students and workers to get the training and skills needed for middle class jobs in expanding industries.”
PAsmart, a first-of-its-kind $30 million investment, is a new way of thinking about job training and workforce development by providing targeted funding for education in math, science and technology, career and technical training, and more.
Recently, the governor signed an executive order to cut red tape and improve coordination between several state agencies to more effectively deliver workforce development services to Pennsylvanians. Under the executive order, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, the governor’s private sector policy advisor, will provide recommendations on the distribution of the $30 million in PAsmart funding, which will be driven out through competitive grants. This collaboration will help to ensure the investments meet employers’ need for skilled workers and that workers are gaining the skills for good, middle-class jobs that will grow Pennsylvania’s economy.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.
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