Job Seeker Resources
WPWA can connect you to the resources you need when searching for employment. Whether you need access to a computer or are looking for training opportunities, contact us to help you get the help you need. Check out the links below for information on resources you can access now.
The Skills You Need
WPWA presents videos from local industries on the skills you need to become whatever you want to be. Watch this in depth video to find out what it’s like and what it takes to become a machinist, directly from STC Industries located in Shohola, PA.
Networking and Internships
Wayne and Pike Conservation Districts’ employees talk about their experiences and the importance of Internships and Networking.
Employment and Training Services
Wayne and Pike Counties offer excellent employment and training services for those who are seeking employment, in transition or are seeking to further their education. These agencies offer services that include:
- Career Resource Library
- Aptitude and Interest Training surveys
- Job Screening for Employees and Employers
- G.E.D. Refresher Courses and Testing Referrals
- Youth Employment & Training Programs
- Job Search Workshops
- Internet Access for job search
- Resume Preparation
- Job Referrals
- Classroom Training – Financial Aid Assistance for Post -High School Training
- On-the-Job Training – Salary Reimbursement to Employers for Training Eligible New Hires
- One-on-one assistance with finding a job through the Job Gateway®
- Veteran Affairs Services
The Pike County Workforce Development Agency offers you access to their Interview Closet.
If you are in need of professional clothing, for interviews or work you can access the closet. There are many additional services that may benefit you. Their friendly staff will work with you to get you going in the right direction.
Also available is access to the Community Resource Room with access to personal computers, assistance with Careerlink®, resume writing resources, information to help with interviewing & writing skills and more. On view are photographs by local photographer Rick Faas. Contact the Pike County development Agency for personalized service at 570-296–2909.
Northampton Community College provides programs on: Adult Basic Education, GED Test Preparation and English as a Second Language (ESL).
Most of these classes are free to qualifying adults and start at various times throughout the year. Visit the Wayne County Employment & Training office to register. Walk-in registration hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9AM-1 PM or call to make an appointment at 570-251-9335.
An awesome Summer Youth Employment & Training Program is offered every year through the Wayne County Employment & Training Center. Young people, ages 14-21 of Wayne and Monroe counties who are seeking employment and new experiences can peruse binders full of interesting and diverse job opportunities to find one that really fits.
Here are some highlights from the 2014 season.
Andrew and Russell at Stevens Farm, Sterling, PA
For People with Disabilities
OVR and The Wayne County Behavioral and Development Programs should be your first stop to gaining access to services for people with disabilities. They can connect you to service providers listed below (HRC and CVS).
The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities. Services are provided on an individualized basis. During one-on-one interviews the OVR counselor assists customers in selecting their choice of vocational goals, services and service providers and helps develop an individualized plan outlining a vocational objective, services, providers and responsibilities.
Wayne County Behavioral and Developmental Programs and Early Intervention program provides support and services to families with children, from birth to age five, with developmental delays and disabilities. Early Intervention builds upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within the daily routines of a child and their family.
The Human Resources Center, Inc. provides support to Mentally, Physically and Emotionally challenged individuals. The agency’s purpose is to afford choices via a menu of supports to challenged adolescents and adults in vocational, community and home settings. HRC offers a variety of Vocational and Day Services.
Community Vocational Services (CVS) serves people with disabilities right in their own communities by improving quality of life and quality of work. CVS provides personal service and custom support to consumers that require help with independent lifestyles and employment opportunities. CVS is approved to provide in Monroe, Pike, & Wayne Counties home and community habilitation, companion service, supported employment (job finding & job support), respite in & out of the home and public transportation.
Contact CVS at 570-220-6594.
Becky and Jeffrey at Donna’s Sterling Corner Bistro.
Photos and videos by Jess Wolk
Are you interested in joining one of the exciting apprenticeship programs in your area and starting a career in the Building Trades?
The Pennsylvania Apprentice Coordinators Association was developed to provide a medium for the exchange of ideas and the methods and information relative to apprenticeship in the state of Pennsylvania.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union #81 Scranton Electricians work to create the best trained, most up to date electric workforce in the country. Across the United States more than 30,000 apprentices and 44,000 journeyman electrical workers will receive advanced training this year. These electrical workers receive training in telecommunications wiring, fiber optics, fire alarms, programmable logic controls, power quality, safe job practices, the National Electrical Code, and much, much more. By the time an apprenticeship reaches journeyman status, he or she will have earned the equivalent of 47 semester hours of college credit, according to the American Council of Education. For more information check out their apprenticeship program at http://ibew81.org/content/apprenticeship-scranton-electricians.
Are you uncertain how your skills relate to the job market? Are you unsure about what you want to do when you grow up? Are you ready for a career change and aren’t sure where to start? Check out these resources:
Career Cruising: Is available now through subscriptions at the school districts in Wayne County and Pike County and through library Community Career & Training Sites. A feature of this interactive website is the Matchmaker, wherein users can answer questions and be matched to their top careers, which then links to education and skill needs. There are also interviews with professionals in a given field, a day in the life, and likes/dislikes from the interviewee.
O*Net (Occupational Information Network) is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. This site allows a user to search for occupations by Job Family, High Growth Industry, O*NET Descriptor, Job Zone (training level required), STEM Discipline, or Career Cluster. Find highly detailed information on areas such as Tasks, Tools & Technology, Work Styles, Work Values, and Wages & Employment as well as career exploration tools, job analysis questionnaires, employer guides, and technical reports.
Pennsylvania’s WorkStats is a resource provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. There you can find information such as:
-Monthly updates on highlights of workforce, unemployment, employment and unemployment compensation statistics statewide and by county,
-Snapshots of labor market data from across the state, and
-Labor & Industry-created research, reports, booklets, fliers, fact sheets and more that detail industry, occupation and economic data from around Pennsylvania.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook brought to you by the Department of Labor is a great resource for finding information about any kind of job you can imagine. The OOH provides valuable information for every type of job out there including: salary information, projected job growth, working conditions, what it takes to become whatever it is want to be and so much more!
The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) supports a wide variety of programs to ensure that all youth have the skills and training they need to successfully make the transition to adulthood and careers. These programs include:
–Job Corps is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24. Private companies, state agencies, federal agencies, and unions recruit young people to participate in Job Corps, where they can train for and be placed in jobs.
-Need help with your Soft Skills? “Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success” is a program developed by the US Department of Labor that you can take on your own at your own pace.
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