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Secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry visits ‘Hire A Hero’ job fair for veterans at PA CareerLink® Delaware County

Chester, Pennsylvania —Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier reinforced the department’s commitment to meeting the employment needs of veterans by visiting a Delaware County CareerLink on Wednesday.® who hosted a “Hire a Hero” event designed to help veterans connect with employers with job opportunities.

“I am always encouraged to see Pennsylvania employers recognize the richness of life and professional experience that veterans bring to the table in any job or industry,” Secretary Berrier said. “I commend the Delaware County PA CareerLink® and all labor organizations that recognize the importance of facilitating connections between employers and veterans in the labor market. These efforts strengthen families, businesses, communities and the Commonwealth as a whole.”

In March, the Wolf administration announced $800,000 in public funding for four workforce development projects, including two at Delaware County Veterans Affairs, under the Veterans Employment Program. Veterans Affairs (VEP), helping connect veterans to employment opportunities and employment supports in Pennsylvania. counties with high unemployment rates for veterans. The grants were awarded through L&I using industry partnership and re-employment funds.

More than a dozen employers attended Wednesday’s job fair.

“Delaware County PA CareerLink® works with our Office of Veterans Affairs, employers, and partners to connect veterans to meaningful, mission-driven careers, not just any job. Veterans have so many skills and experiences that our local employers need. With funding from L&I, PA CareerLink® makes that connection,” said Kate McGeever, executive director of the Delaware County Workforce Development Board.

PA CareerLink® prepares Pennsylvanians to meet business needs and matches employers with qualified, skilled candidates. Some of the free career development and other services provided include:

  • Resume Writing/Posting/Submission Workshops
  • Mock interviews
  • Help with job search and training
  • Courses and workshops for adults
  • Career fairs
  • Partner referral services

PA CareerLink® also offers over 5,000 free unique virtual training modules available through SkillUp® PA to help anyone across the Commonwealth learn new skills and advance their career.

L&I launched SkillUp® PA in August 2021 to give workers and employers in Pennsylvania access to a diverse menu of online courses to develop skills in accounting/finance, office work, customer service, information technology , marketing, soft skills like communication and time management, and many more.

SkillUp® offers a flexible, self-directed e-learning service that gives job seekers the ability to manage their own training with the goal of improving their marketability to potential employers. This includes access to a free program to earn industry-recognized credentials, including CompTIA, Cybersecurity, Project Management, Human Resources, Microsoft Office Specialist and more.

To access SkillUp®, create a free online account with PA CareerLink®.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alex Peterson, dlipress@pa.gov

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