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Tour of the Philly Shipyard, Inc. facilities in front of the iconic goliath crane [photo by Ben Bowens Photography]

Philly Shipyard Hires 13 PIDC Workforce Development Program Graduates

PIDC and University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is thrilled to announce that we graduated and placed 14 program participants from our second Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives training program today!  These participants completed the three-week Shipyard Laborer Program in partnership with Philly Shipyard Inc. and 13 were extended a job offer for full-time permanent employment in the government and commercial shipbuilding industry starting at $14.00/hour.

Shipyard Laborer Program Graduates

We partnered with Navy Yard company Philly Shipyard, Inc., a leading U.S. shipbuilder presently pursuing a mix of commercial and government work, ranging from shipbuilding to repair and maintenance, who had a large hiring need due to National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV) contracts. Over 220 applications were submitted, more than 100 applicants were invited to interview, and just 17 people were accepted into the program. With the placement of 14 participants, the job placement rate for this program is 93%!

Classroom session at Penn State at the Navy Yard [photo by Ben Bowens Photography]

The Shipyard Laborer Program is designed to connect participants to the professional and technical training, tools, and supports needed to build a meaningful career at Philly Shipyard. This three-week program included 37+ hours of in-person training and coaching using the classroom space at Penn State at the Navy Yard, 10 hours of safety training to earn an OSHA-10 certification, 4 hours of basic life support and CPR training, and one worksite visit touring the Philly Shipyard campus and meeting with the staff. 

Tour of the Philly Shipyard, Inc. facilities in front of the iconic goliath crane [photo by Ben Bowens Photography]

This program the second of four collaborative professional development training programs managed by West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and PIDC’s Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives (NYWDI) to train Philadelphia residents for permanent, full-time, quality-wage careers at the Navy Yard.We are looking forward to many more successful programs connecting Philadelphians to life changing careers. 

Tour of the Philly Shipyard, Inc. facilities [photo by Ben Bowens Photography]

A.J. Adams, PIDC’s new Program Manager, Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives

The Navy Yard Launches its Pilot Workforce Development Program

With a generous $1.5 million grant from the JPMorgan Chase, PIDC is thrilled to officially launch its pilot workforce program in collaboration with University City District (UCD) and the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and Temple University. Together, we will partner to build a place-based network of employer-driven workforce programs in West, North, and South Philadelphia.

These partners represent communities experiencing significant economic growth – at West and North Philadelphia’s anchor institutions, and at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. Since WPSI’s inception in 2011, program participants who had previously been unemployed for an average of 53 weeks have gone on to earn more than $30 million in collective wages while increasing employers’ productivity and excellence.

Building on the successful and proven West Philadelphia Skills Initiative model, PIDC at the Navy Yard will engage with our employers to understand their hiring needs, and then work to build talent pipelines in adjacent communities to advance workers into career trajectory jobs while addressing staffing challenges for businesses.

Adrian “A.J.” Adams will lead the Navy Yard’s workforce development initiatives as the Program Manager. He joins the PIDC team with the exciting opportunity to recruit, assess, select, train and place South Philadelphia residents in career-ladder jobs at the Navy Yard that offer stability and opportunities for advancement. Prior to joining PIDC, A.J. worked for the City of Philadelphia, Office of Workforce Development administering the City’s first-ever municipal-focused workforce development program, which was designed to create viable pathways to permanent employment for under/unemployed Philadelphia’s. With seven years of experience supporting adult job seekers, employers, and programs focused on career training, A.J. is an enthusiastic workforce professional dedicated to designing programs to help Philadelphians connect to high-quality employment. When not working A.J enjoys time with his family, being outdoors, and cycling. In August he will compete in his first mountain bike race, traversing 32 miles and over 2,800 ft of elevation in central PA.

A.J. Adams, PIDC’s new Program Manager, Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives

JPMorgan Chase’s gift is a major investment in our collaborative work, and we are deeply grateful to them for their support. These funds will allow PIDC to continue to deliver on our commitment of an innovative, inclusive, and welcoming place in Philadelphia for workers to access life-changing career opportunities.

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Cool Jobs at the Navy Yard: Christine Sheller, Head of Design + User Experience

From Color Techs to Fashion Stylists, Cancer Researchers, and Design Masters, the Navy Yard is packed with awesome people doing great things. One of these people is Christine Sheller, Head of Design + User Experience at FS Investments.

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