Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What is the top occupation in demand in LV?

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

What is the top occupation in demand and top targeted industry here in the Lehigh Valley?
Healthcare and more specifically registered nurses are in demand.  It is no surprise since the Lehigh Valley has some of the best hospitals in the country. I quickly explore the demand here in the Lehigh Valley with the demand nationally.  Here is your September 2016 Lehigh Valley SnapShot.

If registered nurses are one of the highest occutpations in demand, it could make you wonder who employs the registered nurses?  Here is an example of RN employment setting nationally. 63% are employed by hospitals.
The United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics offer these stats on registered nurses.  The percentage of growth is 16% which according to them is growing faster than all other occupations. 

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives. Cited from website- http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

Are you interested in hearing more about another industry sector or occupation in demand?  Email me your suggestions to me at ndischinat@lvwib.org

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

We Are? .....WORK FORCE!

Most Penn Staters would have answered the question...WE ARE? with....PENN STATE!! 
And although I enjoyed my time in Happy Valley and the Creamery Ice Cream is delicious, I was not there for football. I was at Penn State to attend the 2016 PA Workforce Development Symposium.

The PA Workforce Development Association (PWDA) serves as the voice of the Pennsylvania workforce development system and a clearinghouse for workforce development information statewide. PWDA develops and provides professional training to local workforce development boards while continuing proactive advocacy efforts on behalf of the workforce development system.

I traveled to Center County with our collaborative partner The Chamber. Michelle Griffin Young, EVP of Government and External Affairs and I presented an open discussion about "Employer Engagement: Being Strategic"

Engaging employers is an important strategy for all local workforce development boards to align training and programs with employer needs.  The public workforce system has sought to engage employers for several decades, and WIOA strongly emphasizes the importance of partnering with employers.  Despite this push for workforce organizations to be more responsive to the industries that might hire program graduates, workforce systems and organizations often struggle with how to effectively engage employers and build deeper partnerships.  We represented the state largest regional Chamber and a highly-engaged local board with an active employer community to offer some practical strategies that will help you develop long-term, deep relationships with your employers through a well-developed strategy.

This two day conference was bursting with various state and regional experts sharing their best practices to improve our Pennsylvania workforce.
Many topics were discussed but some of the highlights were: 

  • Apprenticeship:  Models in Practice

Successful apprenticeship programs are aligned with sector strategies, industry partnerships and other investments to meet the needs of the business community

  • Industry Partnership Roundtable 

Local board staff, intermediaries, partners and members of the state’s industry partner‐ ships will convene to discuss emerging issues involving Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture and Connecting to Apprenticeship Work

  • JOBS1st Economic Development Best Practices

WIOA explicitly recognizes the need for the coordination of economic development and workforce programs. The commonwealth’s 10   established regions have developed their first regional WIOA plans and have worked together under the JOBS1st grants.

If you are interested in attending this conference next year please please contact my office.
Phone 610-841-1122  Fax: 610-437-3527 Email: ndischinat@lvwib.org or visit the PDWA website http://www.pawork.org/2016-wdb-symposium/

Some photos from our presentation.

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.