Pennsylvania's Answer for
The workforce Investment Act of 1998 has made significant changes in how workforce development programs are implemented in Delaware County. The new Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is responsible for the development and execution of a plan to make job training and placement programs work more effectively for both job seekers and employers. The WIB is comprised of representatives from business, labor, the community, government and educations. Delivery of services works in a variety of ways:
Under the Workforce Investment Act, all workforce development services must be administered through "one-stop" centers. In Pennsylvania these centers are known as Team Pennsylvania CareerLink Facilities. CareerLink consolidates and coordinates workforce and economic development services. Both job seekers and employers can use a variety of resources to meet their needs.
Delaware County was the only county initially in the state to obtain authorization to have two CareerLink sites. One is located in the City of Chester, at the former Job Service Office site (7th & Crosby Streets.) The second is located at Delaware County Community College as part of their new Workforce Development Center. These offices are staffed by employees from a number of participating agencies, all of who are geared to provide a seamless array of services. For instance, individuals in need of skill training can select a program from a variety of vendors listed on an "approved training provider list".
For employers, CareerLink staff can post job openings, set up job interview sessions, and assist in identifying available workers. Information can also be provided on a variety of job issues such as targeted tax credits, subsidized wage programs and other initiatives of value to employers. Currently there are 425 local companies registered in the CareerLink system.
Internet Based Job Match System
In addition to the two physical locations, CareerLink also offers a new state-of-the-art electronic method to bring job seekers and employers together an Internet based job match located at www.pacareerlink.state.pa.us. Employers can easily create their own electronic file and post job-openings, which can be reviewed by job seekers. Screening of job applicants can be done either by the company or by the CareerLink staff. Best of all, there is no cost to use this internet-based job match. We encourage you to join with the hundreds of other local companies who are taking advantage of this service. It is easy, free and most important it works. CareerLink staff is prepared to assist you in setting up your electronic file by either consulting with you over the phone to by visiting your company. In the event you do not have Internet access, any local library can assist you in getting started.
County and state agencies are working cooperatively through Careerlink to ensure that county residents can easily find job information and that employers have an accessibility to workforce programs offered by the state and local agencies. The Delaware County Commerce center is a partner along with five other local and state agencies in making CareerLink work in Delaware County.
For additional information on Careerlink Services:
(Delaware County Community College)