Labor & Industry Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier today announced a $1.3 million investment to support local programs that provide computer skills training to help people find good jobs in Pennsylvania.
The Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grants (DLWDG) of up to $45,000 each promote digital literacy skills for people looking for work, including the ability to search and apply for online jobs, upload and submit a résumé via email, and the ability to develop and maintain a professional profile on networking sites.
“Pennsylvania employers need workers with the skills to navigate the new economy emerging in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting Secretary Berrier. “The Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grants will help ensure that workers develop the basic digital skills they need to succeed when applying for jobs and performing essential job duties that will be required of them in their new career.”
L&I Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Sheila Ireland today visited $45,000 DLWDG recipient Full Circle Computing Inc., in Exton, Chester County. The program helps people without home access to personal computers or Internet service, and delivers training on basic technology and computer skills, Microsoft Office, job searches, finding employment opportunities, digital citizenship and digital navigation.
“As Pennsylvania deals with the increased demand for employees to be able to telework, we must ensure that employees can effectively navigate the technology platforms used in the workplace,” said Deputy Secretary Ireland. “These grants support the Wolf Administration’s goal to prepare individuals for job searching and emerging employment opportunities, particularly in communities with limited broadband access, and to help jobs seekers obtain employment with family sustaining wages.”