Checking In On The State Of The Philadelphia Labor Market

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The labor market of the past 30 months has been more varied than any other time in recent memory. Unemployment rates swung from record lows to record highs in weeks, and then quickly fell back. Some industries that were well prepared to adjust to the pandemic economy have thrived, while others have struggled with labor […]

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative plots expansion with $3.5M grant from Pew Charitable Trusts

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Philadelphia Business Journal University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative plans to broaden the program’s reach in the city and double the number of participants with the help of a multimillion-dollar grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.   Pew Charitable Trusts’ Fund for Health and Human Services awarded the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative a $3.5 […]

Announcing the Second Class of WPSI Scholars

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Our West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) is pleased to name the second annual group of “WPSI Scholars,” twelve Skills Initiative alumni who will each receive financial assistance to help with continuing their professional education through a partnership with Graduate! Philadelphia. The Scholars each receive scholarships toward tuition to cover degree, certification, or credentialing programs. Originally, […]

WPSI Employee Spotlight: Dr. Romaine Thrower

Dr. Romaine Thrower’s journey to working for the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative seemed destined from the start. Romaine grew up in West Philadelphia, where she attended Overbrook High School and was instilled with a desire to serve at a young age as a member of the Vine Memorial Baptist Church at 56th and Girard.     Romaine […]

GoCoach Partners With Philadelphia Workforce Development Program to Boost Job Seekers’ Skills

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The B2B Coaching and Learning Platform Will Offer a Program Specially Designed for Participants of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative   PHILADELPHIA, March 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — GoCoach, the upskilling, workplace learning, and coaching platform, has announced a new initiative with the nonprofit West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), a program of University City District and one of the […]

Labor Market Report: Reflecting on Two Years of Job Posting Data

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) | Labor Market Report | November 5, 2020

Back in early 2020, we started sharing weekly labor market trends as COVID-19 began to significantly disrupt normal hiring patterns. Nearly two years after the first cases were detected in the US, we have a much better picture of the long-term impacts on jobs in our region.   The labor market in 2021 was much […]

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative launches new job training program with Tastykake


West Philly Local The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), in partnership with PIDC’s Navy Yards Skills Initiative (NYSI), have launched a new job training program with Tasty Baking Company, one of Philadelphia’s most iconic food companies. The maker of Tastykake, the company is headquartered at the Navy Yard. The program recruits and trains unemployed Philadelphians […]

A workforce program delivers more recruits to Philly Shipyard

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The Philadelphia Inquirer   Ever since he got his first set of Legos, Muhammad Tumaini has loved construction. He took welding classes at Benjamin Franklin High School. And when he visited the Navy Yard complex with a mentor, seeing a ship in dry dock at Philly Shipyard gave him a sense of belonging.     […]

Pennsylvania’s workers are contributing to ‘The Great Resignation’

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The Philadelphia Inquirer Jacobus van Zyl is one of the millions of Americans to join the pandemic economy’s latest trend: quitting your job. The Glenmoore resident and former financial controller said he had no problem with his previous employer. But when a recruiter from the Robert Half talent agency came calling, he took advantage of […]

Collaboration between WPSI, PIDC, and Philly Shipyard Inc. Leads to 13 Jobs

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On Friday, September 24th, fourteen participants graduated from our partnership with PIDC’s Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives (NYWDI) and Philly Shipyard, Inc. to train unemployed Philadelphians for Union Laborer positions. The participants completed a three-week Shipyard Laborer Program that blended virtual courses and in-person sessions to offer instruction as well as OSHA-10 – General Industry […]

Labor Market Report: How Delta is Impacting Job Postings

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With the explosion of the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the rates for new vaccinations slowing down, some of the optimism many analysts were feeling last spring and in the early summer has faded. Companies that had hoped to bring staff back to offices are adjusting their plans. The Consumer Confidence Index, a measure of consumer […]