The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Workforce System has established High Priority Occupations (HPOs) as one component of Pennsylvania’s industry-driven approach to workforce development. The purpose of the HPO lists is to align workforce training and education investments with occupations that are in demand by employers, have higher skill needs and are most likely to provide family-sustaining wages.
- Unmet employer demand for talent
- Career Pathways
- Local workforce initiatives/sector partnerships
Draft list for 2021-2022 High Priority Occupations List
Employers, workforce, education, training, and economic development agencies interested in petitioning for the inclusion of an occupation should reach out through [email protected] by May 21, 2021, to complete a request and provide related documents. Petitions are due to the State on June 19, 2021.
Learn more about High Priority Occupations (HPOs) and the HPO Methodology: The commonwealth’s workforce development strategy targets education and training investments to High Priority Occupations, or HPOs. HPOs are used to identify workforce programs that provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter, maintain, or advance their careers.