The Greater Philadelphia Healthcare Partnership welcomed Philadelphia Works, Inc.’s new CEO Patrick Clancy, who addressed the assembled employers, educators, non-profit representatives and others on the workforce development board’s plans and innovation strategies for strengthening Philadelphia’s and Southeastern Pennsylvania’s labor markets.
Philadelphia Works CEO Clancy’s presentation headlined the meeting, with additional support from Chief Research Officer Meg Shope Koppel, PhD. In addition to providing an overview of the Philadelphia Works and PA CareerLink® systems, Clancy and Shope Koppel discussed their and the City’s plans for an increasingly-innovative approach to workforce development, one that not only monitors and responds to national trends and Best Practices but helps set the tone for what a public workforce “Best Practice” looks like in the United States. Philadelphia’s soon to be unveiled workforce development strategy will involve a broad spectrum of stakeholders – Philadelphia Works and all of its partners and vendors, the City and its various departments, the School District and Community College of Philadelphia, the Chamber of Commerce, and other partners in our region’s workforce and economic development ecosystems. The strategy will focus on three career pathways – information technology, healthcare and human services, and early childhood education – and will rely in part on industry partnerships like the Greater Philadelphia Healthcare Partnership to help lead the way on employer-informed, demand-driven workforce development services.
Clancy and Shope Koppel raised two additional important points, about branding within the CareerLink® system, and the importance of business intelligence in making sure that training really “works,” before opening the floor to questions.
GPHP’s next meeting will be held at 8:30 AM on April 26th, at the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund’s Breslin Learning Center (10th Floor of the Land Title Building, at 100 South Broad Street) Juliet Fink Yates, Director of Education at the comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and service provider organization Philadelphia FIGHT, will be the featured speaker, discussing Critical Path Education and workforce job placement.