ApprenticeshipPHL is a new initiative from the city, with the goal of creating pathways to livable wages, well-paying jobs, and opportunities.

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Philly launches program to build region's workforce from the ground up

November 15, 2018 - 1:35 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — ApprenticeshipPHL is a new initiative from the city, with the goal of creating pathways to livable wages, well-paying jobs, and opportunities.

"We want to make apprenticeship programs available to all different types of people, with all different types of occupations," Philadelphia Works' Mark Genua said.

Genua says the program, which consists of dozens of companies and more than 1,000 participants, places people in an array of positions.

"We're pushing these programs to the healthcare sector, to the IT sector, to biomedical research, and many other industries," he said.

Mark says ApprenticeshipPHL works on a number of different levels for apprentices.

"You get the best of both worlds of college credits, as well as working on the job. So it's an earn-while-you-learn model," he said.

Philadelphia Works is also launching a website to coincide with the program.

"It will be a central repository for different programs throughout the city: when they're accepting applications, what are the qualifications to get into the program. We're also going to highlight success stories from both employers and participants in these programs," Genua said.

Genua says ApprenticeshipPHL is a two-way street. It also helps employers bring on workers they can mold and raise through their system, and those interested should contact their office.