Thursday, March 23, 2017

IP created opportunities for employees to stretch their skills....

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board

You have heard me talk about Industry Partnerships before...Industry Partnerships are consortia of employers in similar industries engaged by the LVWDB to address common workforce needs, gain access to valuable incumbent worker training resources, participate in peer-to-peer networking, ensure that education and training are aligned with business needs, and obtain labor market data and workforce intelligence. 

Representatives from education, economic development, PA CareerLink workforce system partners participate in partnership activities to understand first-hand your industry driven needs.

Industry Partnership resources give businesses the opportunity to train their current workforce, increase skills, improve productivity, and allow you to remain profitable in a highly competitive marketplace.  Examples of training may  include leadership, supervisory, team building, continuous improvement, Lean principles, problem solving, communications skills and more, as well as occupational training such as machining, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), forklift, quality, safety, electrical, and industrial maintenance, to name just a few.   

The process to request training funds:

-  Training request forms including application, signature page, company match, training
    template and additional information can be found at under Industry
-  Training is to be aligned with the Industry Partnership Training Plan and High Priority
   Occupations and result in credentials/certificates.
-  LVWDB will consider training requests for this fiscal year occurring between October 16,
Training reimbursement is 50% of training cost.  

But maybe hearing about the advantages of participating in and from am industry giant like B. Braun Medical Inc. will give you difference perspective.

Mary Frances A. Mika, PHR, SHRM-CP is the Sr. Trainer - HR at B. Braun Medical Inc., in Allentown.  When asked why she has utilized IP from LVWDB she responded: "It would not have been possible for B. Braun to upskill our employees without Industry Partnership grants to offset the training costs."  

Mary Frances goes on to say that "Industry Partnership training grants have created opportunities for our employees to stretch their skills."

What do you have to lose? Call us now to see if you qualify!
For more information or to discuss your training needs, call 610-841-1006 or email

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