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Overview

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) designs and runs programs which connect you to the tools and supports needed to build a career that is meaningful to you. Upon completing one of WPSI’s training programs, participants have an opportunity to interview for a job with our employer partners. Although WPSI does not guarantee job placements, 95% of our participants secure a position upon graduation.

To join WPSI’s career development program, you must be unemployed, live in Philadelphia and have a high school diploma or GED. Certain programs require that you be a resident of West Philadelphia, or have additional education, work, or residential requirements. Please read each program description carefully!

Application Process

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Complete Online Application

Please note that because requirements differ for each program, applicants need to complete a separate application for every open WPSI program. Each program is targeted toward one job with a specific employer.

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In-Person or Virtual Interview

Qualified applicants are invited to interview with a WPSI team member.

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All applicants are notified if they are accepted to the WPSI program.

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Complete Training Program

If you are accepted into a program, you will work on your application for the target job during your training. Each program is tailored to prepare you for success in any future role, but WPSI’s program will specifically prepare you for the employer partner, maximizing your chances of success. WPSI’s coaching reinforces your existing transferrable job skills and teaches new ways to apply them to help reach your career goals. You will interview for the job during the program. 95% of our graduates have received a job offer after graduating from our program.
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Interview for Target Job

WPSI provides extensive interview preparation during its training program. Final hiring decisions will be made by individual employers.
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Start Your New Job!

Application Process

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) | Job Seekers
The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) | application icon

Complete Online Application

Please note that because requirements differ for each program, applicants need to complete a separate application for every open WPSI program. Each program is targeted toward one job with a specific employer.

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) | interview icon

In-Person or Virtual Interview

Qualified applicants are invited to interview with a WPSI team member.

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) | notification icon

All applicants are notified if they are accepted to the WPSI program.

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Complete WPSI Training Program

If you are accepted into a program, you will work on your application for the target job during your training. Each program is tailored to prepare you for success in any future role, but WPSI’s program will specifically prepare you for the employer partner, maximizing your chances of success. WPSI’s coaching reinforces your existing transferrable job skills and teaches new ways to apply them to help reach your career goals. You will interview for the job during the program. 95% of our graduates have received a job offer after graduating from our program.

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Interview for Target Job

WPSI provides extensive interview preparation during its training program. Final hiring decisions will be made by individual employers.
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Start Your New Job!

Current Programs

There are currently no open programs. Please sign up for our email list below to learn about future opportunities!

WPSI currently has two open programs:

  • Access Services Associate in partnership with Penn Medicine
  • Union Apprentice Program in partnership with Philly Shipyard, the Navy Yard, and PIDC

See below for more information on both!

WPSI is recruiting across Philadelphia for No-cost Phlebotomy training and job opportunities as a Clinical Lab Assistant in partnership with CHOP!

Who should apply?

Compassionate, patient-focused individuals with customer service experience that are comfortable working with blood. Commitment to the full training schedule (below) is required:

  • Facilitated group conversations via Zoom Mon – Fri 1/17/23 to 2/3/23, 9am – 12pm
  • Additional one-on-one and small group virtual meetings several times a week between 1pm – 3pm
  • 8 weeks of paid in-person on-the-job Phlebotomy training at CHOP, Mon – Fri 2/6/23 to 3/31/23, 9am – 5pm
  • Approximately 2 hours of daily reading and reflection exercises

This is a hybrid program, so consistent access to a laptop or desktop computer, broadband internet, a webcam, and a word processing program like Microsoft Word, Google Documents, or similar are required to complete the training.

What is WPSI?

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) designs and runs programs that connect you to the tools and supports needed to build a career that is meaningful to you.

In the Clinical Lab Assistant Program, Clinical Lab Assistant I students will actively engage in 60+ hours of professional development and career coaching with WPSI and complete an 8-week, hands-on Phlebotomy training at CHOP. After program and training completion, students become full-time Clinical Lab Assistants with a starting salary of $17/hour with CHOP.

In this program, we offer:

  • Cutting-edge job connection strategies resulting in 97% of graduates finding employment.

  • A $150 weekly stipend while enrolled in the program. 

  • The opportunity for $15/hour while in Phlebotomy training at CHOP (no benefits) after WPSI program completion.

  • The opportunity for $17/hour with benefits as Clinical Lab Assistants with CHOP after Phlebotomy training.

Are you eligible?

All applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Philadelphia

  • Commit to the full training schedule

  • Hold a high school diploma or GED

  • Be unemployed

  • Be tobacco-free

  • Provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by December 14th, 2022

Deadline is Wednesday, December 14th, 2022 at 5pm.

Learn more:

Attend a virtual information session:

WPSI & NYSI ARE RECRUITING ACROSS PHILADELPHIA for training and job opportunities as a Union Apprentice earning $17.13/hour to start in partnership with Philly Shipyard, Inc.

Who should apply?

Goal-oriented, motivated individuals with a desire to obtain full-time permanent employment in the government and commercial shipbuilding industry. Successful candidates must thrive in a labor-intensive, fast-paced environment that operates in all-weather conditions. Attention to detail and a safety-first mindset are a must.Commitment to the full training schedule (below) is required:

  • Facilitated group conversations, Mon – Fri, 9am – 12pm, 9/19 – 10/11
  • Additional one-on-one and small group virtual meetings several times a week between 1pm – 3pm
  • Approximately 2 hours of daily reading and reflection exercises

What is the Shipyard Apprentice Program?

The Shipyard Apprentice Program is designed to connect participants to the professional and technical training, tools, and support needed to build a meaningful career at Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). This program consists of in-person sessions at the Navy Yard, which will maintain high standards of safety compliance in the face of COVID-19. Graduates will have the opportunity to interview for full-time Apprentice positions at PSI.

In this program, we offer:

  • Cutting-edge job connection strategies resulting in 98% of graduates finding employment.
  • A $150 weekly stipend while in training at WPSI. 
  • The opportunity to interview for full-time Union Apprentice positions at Philly Shipyard, Inc. starting at $17.13/hour.

Are you eligible?

All applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Philadelphia
  • Commit to the full training schedule from 9/19 to 10/11
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Be unemployed
  • Have access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and high speed internet
  • Candidates for the Shipyard Apprentice Program must provide proof of having received the COVID-19 vaccine by Tues, Sept. 9th, 2022

Deadline is Friday, September 2nd, 2022 at 5pm.

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What Alumni Say

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative has changed my life. When I came here, I knew I had the skills to land a job, but working closely with the staff, they brought out my potential to build a future career and to pull out my best self. I know that I am capable of doing whatever I put my mind to because I have a phenomenal group of people behind me.

-Tyler, Brightview, Landscape Technician, 2019
My experience at WPSI was life changing. I finally found a way to use my skills and an opportunity to gain the experience that I desperately needed in the medical field. Along with gaining connections, I also gained relationships with an amazingly supportive group of people. I now have a career that I’ve been working towards since I got my certification and I am excited to see what the future holds

-Aquanette, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2018
The program will not only help you in regards to your career path, it will help you in your everyday life as well. Whether it’s communication, mindfulness, or just coming out of your shell, WPSI will aid in your progress in all areas.

-Collin, Allied Universal, 2019
WPSI is not just a place that helps you find a ‘job’. It helps you find yourself, life time friends, goals, financial intelligence, and they help you organize your goals.

-Dom, University of Pennsylvania's Facilities and Real Estate Services, 2019
This program had more to offer than I expected. I learned how to network, engage with others, set goals, be on time, and save money. WPSI wasn’t just job placement, it was the tools you need to get through life challenges.

-Alex, University of Pennsylvania's Facilities and Real Estate Services, 2019