The Pocono Counties WDB is involved in a wide range of both regional and state wide initiatives designed to support our primary mission, to improve the employment and skilled career opportunities of our area’s workforce, and to provide services that foster the success and growth of our business community.
The Pocono Counties WDB is involved in a number of Industry Partnership efforts with our partner Workforce Development Boards in Northeastern Pennsylvania. These Industry Partnerships are designed to bring together employers within key industries to identify their common skilled workforce needs, to identify training resources that can address these needs, and to raise the awareness and skill levels of the area’s workforce to ensure the success of these employers.
The Pocono Counties WDB has been involved with regional Industry Partnership efforts for the Health Care Industry, Transportation & Logistics, and most recently Advanced Manufacturing. Part of the effort to support the skilled workforce needs of these industries has been to raise awareness of the workforce to both the skills needed by these employers, as well as the career opportunities available within these industries.
In order to market the career opportunities available in Advanced Manufacturing in our region, we procured a series of short video products, highlighting regional employers, that are available online targeted to 3 workforce demographic groups. Young workers entering the workforce, skilled workers in other industries, and experienced workers.
The videos can be viewed here.
Another tool developed by our Industry Partnership group to assist manufacturing employers in our region was a Resource Guide. The Resource guide provides a comprehensive list of economic development, employment services, training providers, and other business development organizations and resources in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Resource Guide can be downloaded and used by any employer in the region to quickly and easily identify resources and organizations in our area that are designed to meet their specific business development needs.
Download the resource guide here.
The Pocono Counties WDB supports the statewide effort of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor to promote and expand the use of the registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship models as a tool to meet the skilled workforce needs of Pennsylvania employers. The Board has worked closely with the Lackawanna, Luzerne/Schuylkill, and Northern Tier Workforce Development Boards in a regional effort to support existing apprenticeship opportunities, and encourage employers and job seekers to utilize this approach to meet their respective skilled workforce and career goals.
A wide range of information regarding Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship resources can be found at the following links:
The Service Centers of the Pocono Counties Workforce Development Area can also assist any employers in our WDA who utilize Apprenticeships as part of their training approach through our WIOA Apprenticeship Policy.
Metrix Training Initiative
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor recently announced an agreement with Metrix Learning® to provide a wide range of employment related online training and credentials to registered CareerLink® customers.
Metrix Learning® is a self-paced, online learning platform designed for the public workforce system. Whether self-directed or staff-assisted, Metrix Learning® can help your customers develop the skills they need to boost their career! How it works: Through virtual registration, customers can sign up for instant access from anywhere within your Local Workforce Development Area. Each customer receives a unique username/password, and unlimited access to 4,500+ courses for 6-months. They can manage their own online learning program, or work with local CareerLink® staff to select the best courses to meet their goals. For more information on the training course selections available, you can check out the Metrix Learning portal through the CareerLink® system, or through the following link.
PA CareerZone Initiative
Another tool to assist our customers in developing their individual career goals is the PA CareerZone initiative recently announced by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This easy to access online career exploration site provides a wide range of information that a customer can use to help them identify and plan a career. It includes online interest assessments, skills profiler tools, career exploration information, and other tools used to help you pursue a wide range of training and career goals. This resource can help customers regardless of their age and experience prepare for a career or transition to a new one.