Workforce Development in Philadelphia


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Manufacturing Alliance (SEPMA) is a multi-employer collaborative comprised of regional manufacturers that work with education, workforce development, economic development and community organizations to address the workforce and other competitiveness needs of the manufacturing industry.

Learn more today by downloading our “Building Skills, Building Partnerships” flyer.


Thanks to the advent of new technology and lean manufacturing processes combined with a strengthening economy, the manufacturing industry is experiencing a resurrection of sorts. Still, despite all the good news in the manufacturing world, challenges continue to exist. Manufacturers today are facing:

  • Skilled Labor Shortages
  • Automation – Keeping Up and Using New Technologies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Global Competition
  • Marketing – Attracting Qualified Leads
  • Supply Chain Optimization Issues

SEPMA is working with regional manufacturers to help them leverage the latest advancements in technology, address these challenges head on, and continue their upward momentum with little disruption.


Philadelphia Manufacturing Industry Executive

Frank Cettina
Vice President of Operations, Computer Components Corporation & SEPMA Co-Chair

Manufacturing Business Philadelphia Executive

Karla Trotman
President & CEO of Electrosoft Inc. & SEPMA Co-Chair


Thanks to the generous support from Philadelphia Works, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, PA Workforce Development Board, The Job Opportunities Investment Network (JOIN), The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and National Fund for Workforce Solutions, SEPMA continues to provide resources and support to regional manufactures to increase company value and competitiveness.