Lebanon, PA – To help businesses connect with skilled and talented workers, Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak met with representatives from TE Connectivity, Country Meadows Retirement Communities, and the PA CareerLink® Lebanon County today to discuss the Wolf Administration’s job training and career readiness initiatives.
“Workers are finding good jobs and businesses are hiring talented employees through their local CareerLink®s,” said Secretary Oleksiak. “It’s great to hear people share their experiences and it shows that CareerLink® services are giving students and workers an opportunity to thrive in the 21st century economy.”
TE Connectivity has a strong relationship with the PA CareerLink® Lebanon County and has had great success with the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. Within the last year, three individuals have been placed into employment as a result of TE Connectivity's participation in the OJT program. The company is currently hiring, and continues to work with the PA CareerLink® Lebanon County to organize recruitment events on a regular basis.
“TE Connectivity is a global technology leader with exciting job opportunities in Pennsylvania,” said Matthew Cesare, TE Connectivity HR Operations Manager. “We’ve established a close partnership with the PA CareerLink® to connect with local job-seekers and we heavily utilize the free job postings online, participate in regular on-site career fairs, and partner to train new employees through the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. This partnership has contributed to our continued business growth and will be helpful in sustaining the thriving manufacturing industry in Central PA.”
Country Meadows Retirement Communities has worked with the PA CareerLink® Lebanon County to organize recruitment events, and has actively participated in Job Club, a job readiness program. Through this program, they have conducted mock interviews and provided information on building skills valued in the workplace. They are currently hiring, and continue to work with the PA CareerLink® Lebanon County to connect job seekers with open positions.
“Country Meadows Retirement Communities is honored to partner with PA CareerLink® to offer its clients numerous quality employment opportunities which provide ample opportunities for advancement and career development,” said Grace Vazquez, Director of Career Outreach, Country Meadows. “As the demand for health care workers continues to grow, PA CareerLink® is a valuable resource for Country Meadows to find potential co-workers, and, in turn, help those co-workers find meaningful work, purpose and fulfillment in their personal lives.”
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.
“SCPa Works is committed to providing timely, demand-driven solutions for regional businesses and gather useful and actionable data to create meaningful work plans that deliver results to businesses across our region,” says SCPa Works CEO Jesse McCree. “In order to do this successfully, we will continue to invest in and advance high-quality programs in the PA CareerLink®, improve customer service for our jobseekers, and strengthen our relationships with our community partners.”
“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.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.
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