Multi-Industry Job Fair in Philadelphia Connects Pennsylvanians with High-Demand Employers

Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Sheila Ireland promoted the many free resources available through Philadelphia Works and MontcoWorks during a visit to a job fair at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park. The fair connected job seekers with 80 employers representing multiple industries looking to fill 1,500 job openings in Southeast Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania’s economy is fundamentally strengthened when workers have choices, and this event is a wonderful illustration of this new dynamic between employee and employer as the commonwealth recovers economically from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ireland. “For new job seekers and those looking to advance their careers, now is the time to dive into the job market and see what employers are offering.  The Wolf Administration is steadfastly focused on workforce development efforts that connect workers with in-demand skills that employers need to meet their business and community goals, and we are proud of our partnerships with local leaders like Philadelphia Works and MontcoWorks who do this important work at the community level every day.”

To develop Pennsylvania’s workforce, the Wolf Administration established the Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) in 2016 to support and expand registered apprenticeship programs statewide. The L&I office provides outreach, education and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices. Last week, L&I announced awards totaling more than $11 million for 26 apprenticeship programs that will empower Pennsylvania workers to earn while they learn and support Pennsylvania businesses in building a pipeline of talent for occupations in agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, IT, education, human services, building trades and more.

Last month, L&I announced $900,000 in funding for 21 Pennsylvania organizations to build digital-literacy skills among workers in their communities. Last year, the Wolf Administration launched SkillUp® PA, a free and virtual learning platform offering more than 5,000 unique training modules to help Pennsylvanians gain new skills, polish their resume and advance their careers.

Deputy Secretary Ireland joined Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and other state and local leaders at the job fair Thursday, which transformed Citizens Bank Park into a large-scale networking opportunity featuring employers in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.

In collaboration with L&I’s PA CareerLink®  network, the job fair brought together employers from multiple industries, including:

  • Business services
  • Construction and trades
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality and entertainment
  • Logistics and distribution
  • Law enforcement and security
  • Transportation

“While the COVID-19 pandemic incited the labor shortage, equity and access to employment and training opportunities was already an area of improvement for our workforce service delivery system,” said Philadelphia Works President and CEO H. Patrick Clancy. “This in-person, multi-industry hiring event creates access to those who are marginalized by the digital divide. In-person and virtual workforce opportunities are necessary for both career seekers and businesses to thrive.”