• Local Workforce Investment Boards Provide Employers with Valuable Services
  • April 8, 2013
  • Law Firm: Barley Snyder - Lancaster Office
  • In the midst of the on-going recovery from the recent recession, finding talent with appropriate skills has become a major issue for employers. Technology has changed the way business is done regardless of the industry, requiring better literacy and foundation skills along with occupational skills that are specific to job requirements.

    Over the last ten years, the public workforce system has moved from its traditional labor-exchange function focused almost entirely on jobseekers to a more demand-driven role of producing potential employees who are more job-ready and who have the skills that employers need.

    The PA CareerLink of Lancaster County and its sister organizations in the region offer jobseekers and employers one-stop opportunities to meet employment and training needs. Services include the following:

    • Connecting with Job Gateway, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s labor exchange site to post job openings.This can be done directly by the employer or with the assistance of a Business Service Representative;

    • Assistance in finding qualified applicants through staff screening of applications and on-site interviewing;

    • More specific screening for employment using the WorkKeys and other assessment processes;

    • Direct connection with the recipients of the National Career Readiness Credential and graduates of occupation skill training conducted by the PA CareerLink;

    • Briefings and training that are offered in conjunction with the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation and the Lancaster County Association for Human Resource Management;

    • Consultation around the human resource component of expansions and contractions; and

    • Data on virtually any aspect of economic development in which a company might be interested.