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09/07/2018

L&I Secretary Oleksiak, Area Employer Highlight Hiring of Local Workers at PA CareerLink® Bucks County

Bristol, PA – To help businesses connect with skilled and talented workers, Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak met with leaders from IMET Corporation and the representatives from PA CareerLink® Bucks County at Bristol today to discuss the Wolf Administration’s job training and career readiness initiatives. 

“Employers that are continually growing and expanding in Pennsylvania must have access to skilled workers,” said Secretary Oleksiak. “PA CareerLink® is a very effective one-stop shop for Pennsylvania job seekers and employers. It’s great to hear that local employers consider PA CareerLink® Bucks County a good resource to attract and train local talent to meet their employment needs.” 
 
Representatives from IMET, an electronics manufacturer, spoke on their experiences using PA CareerLink® services to hire employees. The company has partnered with PA CareerLink® to hire nearly 10 referred job candidates and used various workforce development programs, such as the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. The company has hired for various positions within the past several years and is currently looking for three employees to fill a machine operator, electronic assembler and a quality control inspector positions. IMET also had three employees trained though the PA CareerLink® Incumbent Worker Training program.
 
“Manufacturers in the United States face many challenges of which two come to mind on a daily basis: managing cash flow and finding skilled workers,” said Tom Kroll, president, IMET Corporation. “IMET has been able to utilize the services of PA CareerLink® Bucks County to find solid employees. The high quality of the candidates allows them to start contributing immediately.
 
“To help with training costs, IMET has been able to take advantage of the OJT program, which pays half of a new, eligible employees’ wages for a limited period of time. This arrangement is extremely helpful for cash flow as we train while the employee is working on the shop floor,” added Kroll.
 
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.  PA 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.
 
“We are focused on providing the 21st century skills that Pennsylvanians need to obtain new jobs, change careers, or advance in their chosen career path. We assist local and regional businesses in hiring the skilled workforce they need to stay competitive,” said Bucks County Workforce Development Board Director John Flanagan.
 
“Governor Wolf and his administration’s workforce development strategy thinks outside the box, leading to positive economic impacts on our local region. Businesses have more avenues available to develop talent pipelines and upskill incumbent workers, and local workers have better opportunities to get the training and education necessary to find good, middle class jobs,” added Flanagan.
 
Governor Tom Wolf understands that Pennsylvania’s businesses are expanding and need skilled workers, and that workers want the education and training to get today’s in-demand jobs. The governor’s innovative PAsmart initiative is improving coordination between state agencies, cutting red tape, and investing $30 million in STEM and computer science learning and job training.
 
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. 
 
IMET Corporation is an award-winning resource for contract manufacturing, electronics engineering and product development for medical, industrial, military, and consumer products. IMET's Pennsylvania headquarters is fully staffed to support its core competencies.
 
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Penny Ickes or Theresa Elliott, 717-787-7530 or dlipress@pa.gov
 
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