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Occupational Skills Training

Program model: Year-round programs for out-of-school youth

The Occupational Skills Training model offers opportunities for technical-skill development in targeted industries specifically for out-of-school, over-aged youth. By providing contextualized academic and vocational training in high-growth industries leading to employ¬er-recognized credentials, the model offers an opportunity for disconnected, out-of -school youth, aged 17-21 who lack a credential, to improve academic skills through instruction that is experiential and industry-informed. The model also includes wrap-around services that foster participant success in attaining an industry-recognized credential, employment and/or access to an advanced occupational-skills training or other higher-education institution. Upon successful completion of this program, participants will have achieved the following:

  • Increased literacy and numeracy skills
  • 21st century and work-readiness skills acquisition
  • Attainment of secondary and industry-specific credentials
  • Post-secondary placement
During Program Year 2011-2012:
198 out-of-school youth participated in this program with the following results:
  • 59% of youth indentified as basic-skill deficient increased at least one educational functional level, which is roughly equivalent to two grade levels
  • 70% of participants attained a credential
  • 70% secured a post-secondary placement

Youth Eligibility

  • Not currently tied to a secondary institution
  • Age 17 to 21 at the time of enrollment. Some programs serve youth up to age 24
  • Test at or above the 6th grade in literacy and numeracy
  • Want a GED and/or Occupational Skills Training Credential in one of the targeted occupations
  • Interested in placement in a post-secondary institution or employment in the targeted industries upon completion of program services
  • WIA-eligible (meeting income and barrier requirements)

Contracted Provider Organizations

  • District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund
  • JEVS Human Services and Orleans Technical Institute
  • Temple University - Center for Social Policy and Community Development (CSPCD)
  • YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Workforce Investment Act (U.S. Department of Labor / PA Department of Labor and Industry / Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation)

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