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WPSI is About Solutions

Who We Serve

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OUR PARTICIPANTS

WPSI participants bring a wide variety of professional, academic and lived experiences to the program. Our participants can be as young as 18, while others chose to join our program in their late sixties. We have served participants with GEDs and Master’s degrees. We routinely serve participants in the early stages of their careers, mothers returning to the workforce, and career changers, all within one cohort. WPSI staff greatly value the diversity of experiences in the classroom and believe it contributes to the success of our program.

Key Demographics:

31%

Male

69%

Female

<1%

Nonbinary

32

Average age

93%

Black or African-American

7%

Other race or ethnicity

37

Median number of months of prior work experience 

27%

Post-secondary experience (trade school, college, or certifications, regardless of completion)

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OUR EMPLOYER PARTNERS

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative works closely with top employers in Philadelphia to connect them to talent and help address their hiring, training and retention needs. WPSI works with Philadelphia anchor institutions, which include our universities and hospital systems, as well as large corporate and government employers.  We work with a wide range of industries, including childcare, construction, education, government, medicine, landscaping and transportation. WPSI invests in building long-term relationships; we have completed as many as fourteen programs for our longest-standing partners.

Current Employer Partners:

Philadelphia Anchors

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Drexel University
  • Penn Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Temple University

Major Philadelphia Employers

  • Allied Universal
  • American Medical Response Inc.
  • Benefits Data Trust
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Green City Works
  • Keystone Quality Transport
  • Philadelphia Fire Department
  • Philadelphia Works
  • PIDC
  • Rebuild Philadelphia
  • SEPTA