Job Vacancies and STEM Skills

STEM skills, particularly those associated with high levels of educational attainment, are in high demand among employers.

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Learn about The Mayor's Commission to Combat Poverty - One Good Job

This plan is a blue print and a series of first steps to cut poverty in half in Lancaster County by 2032.  A pathway to success for an entire community requires the development of both workforce and work environment.  Learn more.

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One Stop Operator Information Session - Jan. 17, 2017

Youth Career Summit - Jan. 24, 2017

Spring 2017 Job Fair - Mar. 15, 2017


SNAP Work Requirements (ABAWDS)

on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 13:01.

Beginning on March 1, 2016, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients that are known as able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) will see a change in their benefits and requirements. This change may increase the clients utilizing services at the Lancaster County PA CareerLink®

An ABAWD is a benefit recipient, ages 18 through 49 with no dependents, who must work or participate in a work program to maintain eligibility for SNAP. ABAWDs will need to now fulfill work requirements in order to continue to receive SNAP benefits. The work requirements are one of the following:

  • Work an average of at least 80 hours per month
  • Participate in, and comply with, a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program, a Trade Adjustment 
  • Assistance Act program, or an approved employment training program for 80 hours or more per month
  • Participate in an approved program for 20 hours or more per week.

Individuals who do not complete any of the described work requirements will receive three months of SNAP benefits during a fixed three-year period. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services will notify all ABAWDs regarding these changes by letter. Click here to learn more.


Spring 2017 Job Fair

on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 19:29.

Everyone is welcomed to attend the Spring 2017 Job Fair

  • When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 9:00am to 2:00 pm
  • Where:313 W. Liberty Street, Lancaster, PA  17603 

If you are an employer looking for motivated job seekers, register to be at this job fair. Learn more.


One Stop Operator Info Session

on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:33.

Workforce Development Boards in Pennsylvania are required to bid the Operator function of the One-Stop Center (PA CareerLink®). The Operator will need to be in place July 1, 2017, as required by law. The request for bid/quote will be in early February.

Lancaster is beginning this process and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, January 17, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 112 of Liberty Place, 313 West Liberty Street, Lancaster, PA 17603. This information session is being conducted to provide additional information on the requirements for the Operator and to collect any input and/or questions.

Consider attending this session if you have an interest in helping to shape the workforce system for Lancaster County. 

RSVP to 717-735-0333 by close of business on Thursday, January 12th, 2017.


17th Annual Workforce Summit

on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 22:18.

Today, the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board held its 17th Annual Workforce Summit at the Eden Resort Inn.   Robert I. Rhoads, Jr., chair of the Workforce Development Board, honored Jill Sebest Welch, Barley Snyder LLC, for outstanding service as immediate past chair of the board.

In addition, the following were recognized as Friends of Workforce:

  • Contribution to the Mission Award to Dr. Gerald Huesken, superintendent of the Conestoga Valley School District;
  • Building Bridges in our Community Award to the Clipper Stadium for its support of work experience programs for youth;
  • Expanding our Horizons Award to the Arconic Foundation for providing funding for identification and short-term training for people facing barriers to employment. 

The keynote speaker was Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. Cathy Rychalsky, executive director of the Workforce Development Board, provided an overview of the current state of the Lancaster County workforce. Matthew Sanger and John Robbins of ELANCO presented on the challenges, partnerships, and success of work-based opportunities.

We would like to thank our sponsors and all who participated in this event.  We hope to see you next year at the 18th Annual Lancaster County Workforce Development Board Summit.


PA Chamber Workforce Survey - 11/18/16

on Friday, 18 November 2016 19:42.

76% of the 425+ employers surveyed across Pennsylvania ranked the readiness of the current labor force to meet the needs of employers as fair (50%) or poor (26%).  The biggest frustrations employers have with job seekers:

  • Poor work ethic
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of interpersonal skills
  • Lack of interview etiquette
  • Lack of phone etiquette
  • Inability to communicate confidently and maturely

If you need help with job seeking, please contact the Pennsylvania CareerLink of Lancaster County.

Today, employers are looking for:

  • Logical thinking/problem solving
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Reading comprehension
  • Basic math and writing
  • Academic degrees/certifications

The workforce skills needed in the next ten years are:

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Verbal/written communication
  • Project management
  • Trades and related skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Business skills

This research was conducted by Susquehanna Polling & Research.


The Silver Tsunami

on Monday, 29 August 2016 20:02.

The baby boomer generation is hitting retirement age, and companies must prepare for what could be a major exodus, or some call it the "silver tsunami."

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as many as one out of ten workers will retire either this year or the next. It is projected that by the year 2020, about 25% of the U.S. workforce will be composed of older workers (ages 55 and over).


5 Reasons Why U.S. Employers Are Showing Confidence In Economy

on Monday, 08 June 2015 11:12.

Lenexa, KS (, June 8, 2015):  Employers last month delivered a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy.

They added 280,000 jobs — a surprisingly robust total at a time when consumers are hesitant to spend and the economy appears less than fully healthy. Some key industries, from energy to manufacturing, have been struggling. And economic troubles overseas have put investors on edge.

Yet Friday's report from the Labor Department showed that employers seem confident that the economy is regaining its footing after shrinking at the start of the year and that their customer demand will accelerate.

"It's kind of a strange situation because consumers are getting jobs, and their incomes are improving," said John Silvia, chief economist at the bank Wells Fargo.

Six years after the worst downturn in more than seven decades officially ended, Silvia said, "We've moved beyond the Great Recession."

Across the economy, employers are betting that steady hiring has begun to drive economic momentum. Home and auto sales are up. Restaurants, sports stadiums, theaters and hotels added 57,000 workers last month in anticipation of summer vacations.

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Founded in 1999 as the successor organization to the Lancaster County Private Industry Council, the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board has a mandate through the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to be the lead organization in Lancaster County for workforce planning, to cooperate with State officials in providing business with locally-validated labor market information, and to arrange for a service delivery system that meets the workforce needs of business and the public alike.



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