Sunday’s business section of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured a number of articles on how residents are traversing the area job marketplace. I was particularly interested in a new program designed to provide entry-level jobs for hard to place Pittsburghers.
The program offered five weeks of free job training to 28 individuals at the Energy Innovation Center in the Lower Hill District of Pittsburgh. Upon completion of the training, the graduates were offered jobs by UPMC to clean and sanitize hospitals. UPMC provided funding for the program.
The program reflects a national trend to provide micro-credentials to help workers advance in the labor market. The current job marketplace shows a demand for new workers while unemployment is at historic lows.
According to the article writer Daniel Moore, “The trend is making headway beyond blue-collar trades like construction and reaching into health care, software development and cybersecurity.”
For more information, contact Daniel Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-2743.