Employment and Career Resources

Local Programs

Center for Employment Opportunities

Provides employment services for Philadelphia residents with recent criminal convictions.

PA Apprentice Coordinators Assn.

Runs apprenticeship programs in various trades: painting, masonry, roofing, and plumbing.

Steamfitters Local Union 420 Apprenticeship

Steamfitters Local 420 offers two types of apprenticeship.  The first is Steamfitter Apprenticeship and the second is for Mechanical Equipment Services.

Local 19 Sheet Metal Workers Joint Apprenticeship

The Training Program for Local 19 instructs apprentices in the skills they need to work in today’s construction industry. The types of jobs they are training for include heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC); sheet metal fabrication; and architectural metal installation, including stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and zinc. Safety and Health Training are major components of these programs.

Local Union 98 Apprentice Training for the Electrical Industry

Each year we offer journey-level wireman courses to meet the general ongoing needs of IBEW Local Union 98 members as well as training for signatory contractors or special job requirements.

The Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid Atlantic Region

The mission of the Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (FTI) is to supply area contractors with the most highly skilled craftspeople in the construction industry. In particular, the six industries for which they have apprenticeship standards registered; Architectural Glass & Metal Installers (Glaziers), Coatings Applicator Specialist (Industrial Painters), Commercial Paint & Wall Covering, Drywall Finishing, Glassworkers, and Multi-Craft Decorators.

JEVS Human Services

Career Solutions for 55+
Career counseling and placement assistance for Philadelphia residents ages 55+.

The Choice is Yours
Provides career services for first-time, nonviolent felony drug offenders facing 1-2 year sentence. Upon completion, participants have an opportunity to have their criminal record expunged. Participants must be referred by DA’s office.

Culinary Connections
A training program that offers 10 weeks of classroom and kitchen training followed by a 4-week internship. Participants must be at least 21 years old, possess basic math & reading skills, be able to lift 50 or more pounds and have a minimum of 6 months of food service experience.

Work Ready
Provides employment services for those receiving Public Assistance benefits (TANF). Includes one-on-one case management, skill-building and education services, job search and placement assistance following completion of community service placement. Participants must be referred by Philadelphia County Assistance Office (CAO).