Thursday, March 31, 2016

Apprenticeship: Where Investment Meets Innovation

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

I am proud to share this story...Apprenticeship: Where Investment Meets Innovation

“Through apprenticeship, job seekers are able to explore a new career pathway, receive an education, and a credential that makes them more marketable to employers. Employers are presented with vetted candidates who are motivated and exited to embark on this journey. Everyone wins.” -Nysha Henderson Long time unemployed Career Navigator-March 2016

In the fall of 2015, PA CareerLink®Lehigh Valley hired Nysha Henderson to assume the role of Long-Term Unemployed Career Navigator. Henderson is tasked with assisting long-term unemployed individuals with reemployment opportunities via apprenticeship, On-the-job training (OJT), and scholastic funding within the Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, and Healthcare sectors.
With a focus on the growing need for EMT/Paramedic workers in the Lehigh Valley, Henderson reached out to Cetronia Ambulance Corps to discuss their staffing needs.

As a precursor to a formal partnership, Henderson helped establish a pre-apprenticeship pathway, allowing job seekers the opportunity to learn about Centronia through shadowing with current employees. In turn, Centronia was introduced to potential talent.

Next steps involved identifying potential apprentices, assessing their skills, and partnering with an educational provider to provide the requisite 144 hours of instruction.  By January 2016, Henderson had put all of the pieces together and submitted the necessary documents to the U.S. Department of Labor (Office of Apprenticeship) and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor (Labor Law and Compliance Departments.
By February, the partnership was approved and the first two apprentices were enrolled in the Commonwealth’s first four-year EMT/Paramedic apprenticeship program.

“I look forward to growing our partnership with Centronia Ambulance Corps,” said Henderson. “And to creating new opportunities for local businesses and job seekers in the Lehigh Valley.”

Contact PA CareerLink LV at 610-437-5627 if you are an employer
interested in apprenticeships!

Friday, March 18, 2016

5 goals for the commonwealth's workforce development plan

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

When it comes to workforce issues, the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.(LVWDB) is consistently on-top of national workforce trends, recognized throughout Pennsylvania for our community partnerships and blazing our own trail in the Lehigh Valley region by tackling workforce issues. 

This March, Governor Tom Wolf took two important steps that will improve and strengthen workforce development in Pennsylvania by aligning workforce development efforts with the private sector and strengthening connections between public sector efforts.

His administration has begun the submission process of the Pennsylvania Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) four-year combined state plan to the United States Department of Labor (USDOL). This plan will allow Pennsylvania to coordinate workforce training and funding to ensure Pennsylvania workers of all ages have the skills to compete in the 21st century and employers have a skilled workforce that aligns with emerging needs. The LVWDB and all the workforce boards in Pennsylvania submit their plans to PA as well.

"Since taking office, I have made creating jobs that pay and a government that works key priorities, and today I am taking important steps to strengthen workforce development in Pennsylvania," said Governor Wolf. "This is a starting point for an unprecedented effort in Pennsylvania to transcend fragmented workforce programs, overcome silos, and promote program integration." 1

There are five broad goals for the commonwealth's workforce development plan:
* Establish clear career pathways
* Expand public-private investment in the state's pipeline of workers and incumbent workers.
* Increase opportunities for all youth to participate in work-based learning.
* Engage employers through multi-employer workforce partnerships.
* Strengthen data sharing across state agencies and workforce development partners.

The Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. is working with the private sector through the The Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce to review objectives and move forward in a strategic direction in accomplishing these goals.

If you would like more information on the LVWDB and how you can get involved, please contact my office at 610-841-1122.

1- Governor Wolf Press Release-March 10,2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Submit your RFP and help Lehigh Valley Youth!

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

We are looking for the best!


The LVWDB is seeking proposals to coordinate and implement a six week paid 2016 Summer Work Experience Program for Youth for 100 disadvantaged students ages 16-18 that are rising high school seniors residing in Lehigh and Northampton Counties.  Subsidized employment provides valuable skill development for young people and serves as a stepping stone to unsubsidized employment.  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Youth Funds will finance the paid work experiences for 100 eligible youth.

Proposals must address all of the following 2016 Summer Work Experience Program for Youth activities:
A. Recruitment of Lehigh and Northampton County TANF eligible youth
B. Youth Eligibility Determination, Assessment, Collection/Completion of Supporting         Documentation
C. Career and Job Coaching
D. Development, Oversite and Coordination of a Work Experiences
E. Performance Measures and Reporting

Proposer(s) may be public or private not-for-profit corporations, local educational agencies, business and/or trade associations, private for-profit corporations, community based organizations, labor organizations and governmental units including municipalities.  Minority and women-owned businesses are encouraged to submit proposals.

Contact: Cindy Evans, Director of Youth Initiatives
Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.
610-841-1004 or email

Proposals must be submitted no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, April 1, 2016.

MAIL, COURIER OR HAND DELIVER TO: Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc., 555 Union Boulevard, Allentown, PA 18109.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

FOR ALL RFP Related Documents please visit

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

6,355.....Guess this PA CareerLink Lehigh Valley Fast Fact!

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

6,355 is the number of new job postings on our Job Gateway system. You know that PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley is an employment and training center that connects employers and job opportunities with qualified job seekers.  The PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley is funded primarily by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and chartered by the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc. who "guarantees that the employment, training, and labor market services and information you receive through our workforce delivery system are professional, comprehensive and on target."

Our Vision is to build an economically viable community by providing effective, responsive, user friendly and valued programs that develop, deliver and sustain a quality workforce.

It is our Mission to implement a PA CareerLink® delivery system which serves our community as a clearinghouse of resources, inclusive of all information, employment opportunities, training and education options and economic development linkages, through a customer focused system based on the current and future labor market needs of the Lehigh Valley.

These fact fasts represent how we put the vision and mission to work for our job seekers and employers in the Lehigh Valley.  If you are an employer who is looking for qualified candidates, industry specific supportive services, job training money or more... please call us at 610-437-5627 or visit PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley at 555 Union Blvd Allentown!
PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley

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