Training Fund's H1-B Program Recognized by White House
A White House report on long-term unemployment called the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund a key player in "connecting the long-term unemployed to work." Specifically the report cited our recent H-1B grant as providing employment and training services to people experiencing unemployment for at least 27 consecutive weeks since the beginning of the Great Recession.
According to the report, Addressing the Negative Cycle of Long-Term Unemployment, long-term unemployment is one of the "most critical remaining challenges that we face." Authors of the report praised the Training Fund model "Because they work closely with employers to develop curriculum and link training to the skills employers are looking for, 1199C has not faced significant challenges in serving the long-term unemployed. The vast majority of candidates have success in OJT (On the Job Training) and have continued on the job beyond the original training period."
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VOLUNTEER TUTORS WANTED
To help adults acquire basic reading and writing skills, we are looking for several literacy volunteer tutors. We are asking for a minimum of a two hour commitment weekly for at least three months. For more information, please contact Lynette Hazelton 215-568-2220
VITA TAX SITE OPEN UNTIL APRIL
Free tax prepartion is available at the Training Fund for union members, students, and retirees. Service is available only on Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm during the month of March.
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President Invites Training Fund to White House
Following the Opportunity for All event with President Barack Obama on January 31st, Training Fund Executive Director Cheryl Feldman (left) joined fellow National Skills Coalition(NSC) member Abby Snay in a meeting at the White House with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the problem of long-term unemployment.
Healthcare Industry Partnership Director Susan Thomas and Inglis Foundation Training and Development Director Lynn Pecora joined Feldman and other corporate executives at a White House meeting where President Barack Obama announced an initiative for private and public sector employers to commit to hiring qualified long-term unemployed candidates. "Having the President and Vice President focus on the travails of the long-term unemployed will only boost the work we are already doing in Philadelphia," said Feldman. " Industry Partnerships, with the support of Mayor Michael Nutter and the Philadelphia workforce system, bring together employers, labor unions, and key stakeholders such as higher education, literacy agencies, and economic development groups to help move people from unemployment to meaningful training and good jobs that provide family sustaining wages, benefits and a career pathway.