By: Sarah Steltz
We are often asked what the secret is to our success at the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, our nationally recognized job training program.
In a way, the success has been a bit like knowing the answers to a test in advance. You see, we don’t run a job training program unless we have an employer partner with real jobs at the end for graduates.
Rather than giving underemployed West Philadelphia residents generic training in hopes that they will find a job, the Skills Initiative operates like a talent-management consultancy for the specialized employers in the area, including hospitals like CHOP, universities like Penn and Drexel, labs, and major agencies like SEPTA.