Southeast PA Region Apprenticeship Initiative: Pathways for Opportunity Youth in Information Technology and Behavioral Health Careers

The Southeast PA Regional Apprenticeship Initiative offers opportunity youth – those age 16 to 24 who are neither in-school nor working – the ability to train in two high-demand career fields through apprenticeships with area businesses. As a collaborative effort between five counties comprising the Southeast Pennsylvania (SEPA) Region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia), Philadelphia Works is the project leader for this effort, whose goals are to:

  1. Expand existing apprenticeships in high-growth industries to engage multiple employers.
  2. Build standardized, employer-validated pre-apprenticeship curricula that will be replicated across opportunity-youth-serving employment and training programs.
  3. Create an oversight structure to ensure opportunity-youth-serving systems alignment.

This $2.9 million grant creates a valuable talent pool for employers like Jarvus and Springboard Media, both of which were among the first employers to sign on to the program, as well as creating career pathways for up to 500 youth over the five year grant period, becoming trained for jobs in information technology as CSS and IT Specialists, and as Behavioral Health Technicians.

The curricula for pre-apprenticeship training has been standardized and validated by employers, ensuring that apprentices have the foundational skills needed when they enter the apprenticeship with a participating business. The curricula are publicly available and can by adopted by educational partners for career technical education, out of school youth, or TANF employment and training programs.

Learn more and get involved by calling 215-963-2100.  

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Apprenticeship Initiatives

This $2.9 million grant will create opportunity for employers like Jarvus and Springboard Media to hire apprentices like Haomin Tian. Five hundred youth will enter IT and behavioral health apprenticeships over five years.


Behavioral Health Apprenticeship Information Sessions

Philadelphia Works, District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, and the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) will be holding two information sessions in February 2017 on Behavioral Health apprenticeships for Southeast PA employers. These sessions will provide information on how apprenticeship programs can be customized to meet your workforce needs and integrated into your current training strategy to increase worker retention, provide a viable career pathway with college credits, and develop highly-skilled, devoted employees.

Attendees will also learn about the technical and funding supports available to employers in developing and operating an apprenticeship program, including training and curriculum customization, mentorship training and ongoing support, registration paperwork and filing management, pre-apprenticeship program to prepare candidates, and apprentice support throughout the program.

What: Behavioral Health Apprenticeship Information Sessions 
Where: 1101 Market Street 
7th floor, Main Conference Room
Philadelphia, PA 19107
When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 9:00-11:00am
Monday, February 13, 2017, 9:00-11:00am
Register: For February 7th Session:
For February 13th Session:
Contact: Mark Genua, Apprenticeship Program Director
Philadelphia Works