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Introducing the Philadelphia Works Podcast!

The Philadelphia Works Podcast: Connecting Employers to a skilled workforce!

We are proud to present the brand new Philadelphia Works podcast, the only podcast that showcases real local employers, speaking about their hiring challenges and opportunities.  This monthly series allows listeners to hear directly from Philadelphia-area business leaders as they share insights and personal stories related to connecting with and hiring new talent for their business.

You can download the Philadelphia Works app in iTunes and Google Play Store for automatic downloads and alerts on new episodes each month.


Nicole Pumphrey, Deputy Director, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians joins the program to discuss the International Professionals Program (IPP), a partnership between Welcoming Center and Philadelphia Works. 

The program is first of its kind in the nation to be supported by federal workforce funding through Philadelphia Works Inc. and target foreign-trained immigrant professionals. 

Listen to episode nine on your browser by clicking here

Episode eight features an interview with Patricia Blumenauer, Manager of Integrated Systems at Philadelphia Works, as she discusses the benefits of the CareerLink® System, and shares information about vocational skills training, financial literacy counseling for job seekers, and more! 

Listen to episode eight on your browser by clicking here




Previous episodes

The first episode featured Karla Trotman, Executive Vice President of Electrosoft, Inc.  Karla speaks about the effects of globalization, changes in the manufacturing industry, and challenges relating to building a pipeline of talent.  

Listen to episode one on your browser by clicking here

The second episode featured an interview with Evan Glen Evans, General Manager of the Aloft Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, which recently opened in a stunning historic building directly adjacent to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

Listen to episode two on your browser by clicking here

The third episode features Heloise Jettison, Senior Director in Talent Development for the Department of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia and Hugh Bailey, former Chief Operating Officer of Philadelphia Works. Our guests discuss the Mayor’s new citywide workforce development strategy, Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine, and how the initiative will close the skills gaps between job-seekers and employers and help improve the economic health of the city and its residents.

Listen to episode three on your browser by clicking here

The fourth episode features an interview with Farrah Parkes, Director of Education, Technology, and Job Readiness at Lutheran Settlement House, a multifaceted, nonprofit organization in Fishtown that provides a variety of services for undeserved communities. Farrah shares insights into Lutheran Settlement House’s customer service training program and how the organization has partnered with Philadelphia Works to host Career Wardrobes. She also details the employment challenges many job seekers face, and the services that help overcome them.

Listen to episode four on your browser by clicking here

The fifth episode features Kimberly McCaffrey, Manager of Youth System at Philadelphia Works. Kimberly speaks about her current role within Philadelphia Works, and her work in overseeing the public investments for state and federal dollars that support connections for education and employment, specifically for youth, ages 12-24. She also shares insight on year-round and summer youth employment, career pathways, how to build work skills, and how to develop aptitude through work-based learning.

Listen to episode five on your browser by clicking here

The sixth episode features an interview with Mark Genua, Philadelphia Works Apprenticeship Program Director, and Eric Ramsey, PA Director of Apprenticeships at the Dept. of Labor & Industry. Mark and Eric discuss the differences between registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship programs, as well as the steps businesses can take to create a state-registered program.  They also shared how non-traditional industries outside the building trades are using the apprenticeship model to find and train the next generation of skilled workers.

Listen to episode six on your browser by clicking here

The seventh episode features an interview with Edison Freire, Director of Gateway Initiatives for JEVS Human Services, and Beth St.Clair, Apprenticeship Director, Urban Technology Project, Office of Educational Technology.  Edison and Beth discuss the work they are doing with IT apprenticeships, including the opportunities that are available, what those apprenticeships look like, and the benefits and opportunities in the IT sector. 

Listen to episode seven on your browser by clicking here


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