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Four year workforce plan for Pennsylvania jobs

Posted on February 1, 2017

The state is busy focusing on a workforce plan that will impact Pennsylvania jobs.

In 2016, the Department of Labor & Industry emphasized its efforts for both job seekers and employers. Accomplishments included strengthened partnerships, collaboration, communication and cost-savings across all areas of the department. Here are some of the achievements:
·         Training Pennsylvania’s Workforce: L&I funded $4.6 million in Industry Partnership grants to 28 partnerships among 19 local workforce development boards that will train more than 5,000 workers in the state. Workforce development efforts were strengthened by U.S. Department of Labor grants, including $1.5 million to fund the Pennsylvania’s Apprenticeship Initiative; and $4 million in Strategic Innovation grants that will benefit hundreds of individuals through funding 14 programs that encourage creativity and innovation under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan.
·         Reforming Unemployment Compensation: The department worked with Governor Wolf and the state legislature to reform the unemployment compensation program to allow 45,000 more unemployed Pennsylvanians to receive unemployment benefits and find employment.
·         Developing a Four-Year Workforce Development Plan: L&I led the creation of the 2016 State Plan, collaborating with nine state agencies and multiple public and private sector partners to craft a plan that was submitted in March and approved by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) in September. This living document is working to help all Pennsylvanians find career paths that lead to jobs that pay.
 
·         Cost-Cutting and Innovation: GO-TIME initiatives led the way for realizing cost-effective improvements and resulted in $1,227,131 in savings from the department. These efforts included closing a SWIF warehouse that was being leased for $20,000 a year and used for storing records that had not been reviewed in years. The department also launched its employee engagement tool, IdeaCatcher, which allows employees to submit suggestions for cost savings and ideas for operations improvements to executive staff.
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