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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 meaningful career. 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.

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.

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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 training will specifically prepare you for the employer partner, maximizing your chances of success. WPSI’s programs reinforce your current foundational job skills and teach 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.

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

Interview for Target Job

WPSI provides extensive interview preparation during its training program. Final hiring decisions will be made by individual employers.
The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) | network icon

Start Your New Job!

Current Programs

WPSI IS RECRUITING ACROSS PHILADELPHIA for training and job opportunities as a Patient Services Associate in partnership with Penn Medicine!

Who should apply?

Compassionate, patient-focused, and computer-proficient individuals with experience in customer service. Experience working in a call center is a plus. Commitment to the full training schedule (below) is required:

  • Facilitated group conversations via Zoom, Mon – Fri, 9am – 12pm, 7/12 – 7/26
  • Additional one-on-one and small group virtual meetings several times a week between 12pm – 3pm
  • Approximately 2 hours of daily reading and reflection exercises   

This program is online, 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 essential to training completion.

In this program, we offer:

  • Cutting-edge job connection strategies resulting in 97% of graduates finding employment.
  • A $150 weekly stipend while in training at WPSI.
  • The opportunity to interview for open, full-time Patient Services Associate positions at a Penn Medicine call center starting at $15.99/hr.

Are you eligible?

All applicants must:

  • Live in Philadelphia
  • Commit to the full training schedule
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Be unemployed
  • Be tobacco-free
  • Candidates for WPSI’s Patient Services Associate Program must provide proof of having received the COVID-19 vaccine by July 1st, 2021 to be considered; employment at Penn Medicine requires an annual influenza (flu) shot and other vaccines.

Apply today! Deadline is Friday, June 25th 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