Pennsylvanians will be able to access free online job training for subjects like marketing, project management, customer service and information technology through a new state program launching this week.
The state Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) said it will be launching its SkillUp PA online job training program on August 14. The program, offered through the PA CareerLink website, is part of the department’s initiative to transform the state’s workforce by supporting both “reskilling” and “upskilling” of Pennsylvania’s workforce.
Courses include hard skills such as accounting and finance, clerical and Microsoft Office; and soft skills such as communication, time management and professionalism.
“This new virtual job training program is a true win-win for Pennsylvanians who need to enter the workforce or advance their career as well as the businesses who will get a new pipeline of the skilled workers they need to succeed,” said Sheila Ireland, deputy secretary for workforce development at L&I.
Pennsylvania is the 17th state to use the SkillUp program, created by New York-based Metrix Learning, a web-based learning management portal.
Metrix also created PA CareerLink, a website operated by the Department of Labor and Industry that allows job seekers to search and apply for openings across the state.
The department is funding the SkillUp PA program with $880,000 a year in federal funds for three years.
“Metrix has proven to be a significant asset in our community, specifically for those who desire virtual training”, said Cathy Rychalsky, executive director of the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board. “With over 12,000 job seekers, Lancaster Countians enrolled in nearly 41,000 courses. Metrix continues to provide a reasonable and viable option for those interested in learning new ways to enhance their skills.”