Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Opportunities Job Fair

Please join us on October 5, 2016 for a special job fair hosted by the PA CareerLink LV.  This is an opportunity to help job seekers gain information, knowledge and power to re-enter the workforce after experiencing barriers to employment.  As a business community, we need your help to speak with this population of job seekers in order to offer them insight into your industry and perhaps offer them employment. 

If your business is hiring please attend the NEW OPPORTUNITIES Job Fair hosted by LVWDB/PA CareerLink LV.  This job fair focuses on job seekers reentering the workforce, including ex-offenders.

Job seekers will participate in a full day workshop on September 28th in order to prepare for the 10/5/16 Job Fair held 1:00 -4:00 pm.  This workshop will help the individuals participate in mock interviews, assistance with resumes and cover letters and much more.
Employers will have job seekers at your table that are prepared and ready! What a great idea right?

As you know The Chamber and Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board/PA CareerLink LV work hand in hand to tackle workforce development issues in the Lehigh Valley. 
Please forward this information to the appropriate recruiting or human resource representative in your organization.

Please visit this website for more information and then contact Mick O'Hearn. http://www.careerlinklehighvalley.org/NewOpportunitiesJobFairandPreparationDay.aspx

Any questions please contact me directly or Mick O’Hearn at PA CareerLink LV.

Mick O’Hearn
Business Services Manager
PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley
555 Union Boulevard
Allentown, PA 18109
Office: 610-841-1171
Fax: 610-434-4122

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Data and Statistic resources for all your workforce needs!

The Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc is your source for all things workforce related.  We have data and statistics oozing out of us.  These resources can assist your business in assessing your current workforce, plan for future workforce plans and more.  If there is information that you can not find please feel free to contact me at
610-841-1122 and we will find it.  Happy reading!
Labor Market Data Resources

Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc.

PA Center for Workforce Information & Analysis (CWIA)
Publications: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/publications/10470

Monthly Workforce, Employment, Unemployment Stats: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=552914&mode=2 

Employment and Wages by Industry and Occupation:

                Occupational Wages: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1223253&mode=2
                Top 50 Employers by County: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1222720&mode=2
                County Economic Profiles: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=809389&mode=2 
                General Labor Market Data for the Lehigh Valley:
                PA Workstats: https://paworkstats.geosolinc.com  

U.S. Department of Labor / Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Annual Survey of Wages by Occupation – (ABE Metro): http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_10900.htm 
Local Area Employment Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/#data 
Job Openings & Labor Turnover (U.S.): http://www.bls.gov/jlt  
Employment & Jobs Data (ABE Metro): http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.pa_allentown_msa.htm
Employment Cost Indices: http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ect
Consumer Inflation Indices: http://www.bls.gov/cpi
Productivity - http://www.bls.gov/lpc
Worker Characteristics: http://www.bls.gov/cps

Local Employment Dynamics – On The Map: http://onthemap.ces.census.gov  (Select Area search Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Area) 

Lehigh Valley Planning Commissionhttp://www.lvpc.org/
Profiles and Trends A Comprehensive Picture of the Lehigh Valley’s Demographics and Employment
The Only Resource Showing Both History and Forecasts

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Out of school youth need a chance to engage again.

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Interested and qualified providers should apply in order to reach and influence our out of school youth that can benefit from counseling and support.  These individuals can then thrive to reach their educational /and or career potentials....but only with your support!


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has designated Lehigh and Northampton Counties in Northeast Pennsylvania as the Lehigh Valley Workforce Area in accordance with provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.  The Lehigh and Northampton County Executives are the Chief Elected Officials as defined in WIOA. Together with the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. (LVWDB), which they appoint, they are responsible for developing a workforce system in the Lehigh Valley and for selecting youth service providers.

The LVWDB invites qualified providers, skilled in delivering services to out-of-school youth aged 17 – 24, to apply for funds under this Request for Proposals (RFP).

This RFP includes three options:

1. Navigator Option
2. Vendor Option
3. Full Service Option

The LVWDB invites qualified providers, skilled in delivering services to out-of-school youth aged 17 – 24, to apply for funds under this Request for Proposals (RFP).

The objective of the funds is to help youth who are high school dropouts and/or economically disadvantaged youth who are not in school and who have barriers, as described in WIOA, with education, training, and services that:

   Aligns with skill needs of industries in our region
   Prepares youth to be successful in secondary or postsecondary education.
   Provides counseling to support education and career goals.
   Leverages education concurrent with workforce preparation and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster.
   Organizes education, training, and other services to accelerate advancement to meet the youth’s needs.
   Enables youth to attain a HS diploma or GED and/or one (1) recognized postsecondary credential.

   Helps youth enter or advance in a specific occupation or occupational cluster.
A Proposer's Conference will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 10:00 A. M. at Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. 555 Union Boulevard, Allentown, PA 18109.

Proposals must be submitted no later than noon on September 23, 2016, after which date and time LVWDB will not accept additional proposals.  Any questions please contact me at ndischinat@lvwib.org

For more information on the descriptions and applications please visit the LVWDB website.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Grand Opening in Bethlehem...where you there?

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director,
Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Inc.

On August 15, I was ecstatic to open another branch of the PA CareerLink LV at the Hispanic Center in Bethlehem. We know how to throw a party, so it's no surprise that this grand opening was filled with bus rides, an air dancer, a ribbon cutting, special guest speakers and of course...cake!

This collaboration could not have been possible with out amazing and supportive community partners. I had the pleasure of working hand in hand with Lorna Velazquez and Donna Taggart of the Hispanic Center, Executive John Brown of Northampton County, Mayor Bob Donchez of Bethlehem City, Luis Campos of the Greater Lehigh Valley Hispanic Chamber along with staff and community members from all our partner organizations.  Thank you to everyone involved.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements from LVWDB and PA CareerLink LV!
Check out our newly wrapped LANta bus to highlight PA CareerLink LV services.
Lorna and I right before we boarded the bus.
Lorna Velazquez and I in-front of the newest PA CareerLink LV location in Bethlehem.
Our distinguished speakers:  Mayor Bob Donchez, City of Bethlehem, Executive John Brown, Northampton County, Donna Taggart, Hispanic Center of LV, Luis Campos, Chair Hispanic Chamber GLVCC, Lorna Velazquez, Hispanic Center LV
(L to R)

Excited for our newest location in Bethlehem!!
All smiles for this community collaboration to bring services to the heart of Bethlehem and the Hispanic community...
we are ready to serve!
Just some of our community partners

Executive John Brown, Northampton County, Vito Gallo, Lehigh University, Bob Donchez, Bethlehem City

Sam Cartagena, Hispanic Chamber, Lorna Velazquez, Hispanic Center and Danielle Joseph, The Chamber

You can't celebrate with out CAKE!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Did you Datapalooza? Job and Labor Market Datapalooza 2016

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Job and Labor Market Datapalooza
Almost 100 attended  the 2nd Annual Job and Labor Market Datapalooza!. This event was sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. (LVWDB), in collaboration with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) which includes Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Manufacturers Resource Center and the Small Business Development Center at Lehigh University.   

The Datapalooza lived up to its name by featuring Keith Bailey, Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis (CWIA), who offered an comprehensive review of labor market information, workforce intelligence and on-line data toolkits available to help businesses make informed, strategic workforce development and hiring decisions.  Mr. Bailey provided an in-depth review of CWIA’s website, www.workstats.dli.pa.gov and highlighted resources such as industry and occupational projections, occupational wages and high priority occupations, unemployment  insurance claims, local employment dynamics and JobGateway®, Pennsylvania’s on-line job matching system, www.jobgateway.pa.gov.

John Lamirand, Director of Research for the LVWDB and Research Specialist for the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, provided an overview of Lehigh Valley’s Labor Market Landscape including workforce characteristics, industry employment, Lehigh Valley’s top ranked current and projected industry sectors including transportation, warehousing and healthcare, and top ranked projected occupations with healthcare and registered nurses leading the way.

During the interactive labor market needs session, employers discussed the need to better understand:  the impact of healthcare reform on hiring requirements,  workforce replacement data due to an aging workforce, fringe benefits information, data on minimum wages by occupation, and a suggestion to create an on-line system where employers can input their workforce data to be compared to local/state industry data.

www.lvwib.org to access the Datapalooza presentation. If you have any comments about data needs and workforce intelligence, please call me directly at 610-841-1122.

Over 100 Lehigh Valley business leaders participated in an interactive discussion on labor market data needs
Larry Wiersch, CEO, Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board (LVWDB) Business and Economic Development Committee Chair welcomes the crowd to the LVWDB Job and Labor Market DataPalooza.
John Lamirand, Research Specialist for LVWDB and Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation provided the Lehigh Valley Labor Market Landscape.

The keynote presenter, Keith Bailey, Director, Center for Workforce Information and Analysis at Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry provided overall Workforce Information and Analysis for Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley region.  If you are interested in his presentation please visit the LVWDB website.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Lehigh Valley Snapshot-July 2016.

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

When you have valuable and good information, it is easy to share!  Please see the Lehigh Valley Snapshot below with beneficial labor information regarding our region.  I am also providing the PA Department of Labor PA Monthly WorkStats for June 2016. Employers can find interesting and helpful information about labor market trends and unemployment compensation topics.

Curious how much the Verizon strike impacted PA numbers?  Click on PA Monthly WorkStats link below to find out.  If you have any questions about information and statistics you see below please feel free to contact me at ndischinat@lvwib.org
Enjoy your summer!

Follow me on Facebook at @LVWDBexecutivedirector

 Click on the chart to see full view.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

STEM Camp 2016- Look at the all the FUN we had!

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board.

I blogged last week about the 2016 CareerLinking Academy STEM Camp we hosted here at the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board/CareerForce.  On Friday, the group ended strong with an impressive presentation to family members on their experiences from the entire week.  We want to thank all the businesses and organizations that took time to help educate and influence this group on the education and careers available in STEM,  but also showing them skills of problem-solving, exploratory learning, and critical thinking that go hand-in-hand with those subjects that make STEM education valuable.   These woman are our future workforce and it was wonderful to see them engage with businesses and understand the importance of communication skills, community involvement, teamwork and life skills necessary to find careers in any field.  

If you know a 10 year old girl that would be interested in participation in our program please contact me at ndischinat@lvwib.org.  If you are a business has a program that would benefit the CareerLink Academy STEM Camp, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to your email!

Participating Businesses:
The Apple Store
Easton Public Market and Scratch
The Ice Cream Lab
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Leading Edge Martial Arts
Math Game 2X3
PBS Channel 39
Wells Fargo- Hamilton Street