WILKES-BARRE – Lindsay Griffin, President and CEO of the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced Monday the launch of a new program to develop workforce – Project PIVOT – a unique collaborative program created and launched by Wilkes Barre Connect.

“Our organization has made it a priority to meet the labor needs of our businesses and residents as we work to rebuild and strengthen our economy,” Griffin said. “The Pivot Project enables job seekers, career transitioners and businesses to find the resources they need in one place to accelerate their workforce training and worker development opportunities. of our region.”

Griffin said the Chamber is grateful for the support of the US Economic Development Administration, local lawmakers and community partners who made the initiative possible.

“This innovative system aligns pathways to high-demand careers using national, state, and local resources, while empowering all Luzerne County residents to upskill for elevated career opportunities,” Griffin said. “In the wake of COVID-19, having a skilled workforce aligned with the needs of our economic landscape is essential for our next steps as we all work together to build a bright and strong future.

Griffin said Wilkes Barre Connect – the Chamber’s entrepreneurial and economic development arm – aims to provide accelerated workforce training and upskilling opportunities to workers in the region, aligning with changes historical and seismic events in the industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Griffin explained that participants in the pilot program will have free access to more than 17,000 online LinkedIn Learning courses to develop professionally and develop in careers and fields of their choice. She said the program is also designed to work directly with Luzerne County businesses to provide their employees with the skills they need to grow within their businesses.

In addition to free access to LinkedIn Learning for their staff, companies that participate in the pilot program with their employees will have the opportunity to work directly with their Project PIVOT team and the LinkedIn Learning team to develop a course specifically tailored to them. needs of their business and their employees, Griffin added. She said it will help them take their current workforce to the next level of their skills and fill in any education gaps their team may encounter.

“As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, job training is more important than ever,” said Sen. Casey, D-Scranton. “This Economic Development Administration grant, made possible by the CARES Act I advocated for in 2020, will help prepare Northeastern Pennsylvanians for the challenge of re-entering the workforce. I was thrilled to join the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce today to share this news and will continue to work to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to job training and employment opportunities.

Cartwright Rep. D-Moosic congratulated the Chamber and its partners for launching Project PIVOT.

“This initiative goes beyond our traditional workforce development offerings and provides free, remote access to valuable resources for job seekers. Project PIVOT was made possible through a number of local partnerships as well as funding from the CARES Act, which I was proud to fight for in Congress,” Cartwright said. “Glad to see funding being brought back to Northeastern Pennsylvania to serve our local workforce.”

Along with the incredible benefit of free access to the world’s largest professional network, Griffin said Project PIVOT also partners with PA CareerLink and academic institutions in Luzerne County to provide a seamless continuum of services to users. For individuals, this includes hands-on classroom lessons, resume and cover letter writing, hot job notifications, mock interviews, and more. For companies, this includes hiring, training and retention services.

“PA CareerLink Luzerne County and the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Development Council are thrilled to partner with the Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce on Project Pivot,” said Christine Jensen, administrator of the PA CareerLink Lucerne County. “The ability to offer access to LinkedIn Learning as well as SkillUp training through the PA CareerLink website provides local residents with the opportunity to increase their skills and abilities to better meet business needs. The PA CareerLink is ready to help individuals in their job search and those already working with the tools to get that promotion through increased knowledge.

Griffin said this comprehensive suite of workforce development strategies promises to address the stubbornly persistent challenges to attracting and retaining skilled workers of all kinds in our region, with additional upskilling pathways specifically tailored to industries at high demand for employment in Luzerne County, as identified by the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development.

“The Institute is pleased to be a research and data partner and grant recipient for PIVOT,” said Terri Ooms, President and CEO of the Institute. “This project creates opportunities for workers and employees to improve their knowledge and skills at no cost to them, which has a positive impact on both parties. The advantage of a more skilled workforce benefits the region.

U.S. Representative Dan Meuser, R-Dallas, said, “Project Pivot will be an essential workforce development tool that will partner with operating companies to help provide training for real jobs to those looking for work in northeastern Pennsylvania. This project will reach nearly 10,000 displaced workers with training, while reducing the expectation of placement from 12 months to just 90 days. I supported their application for an EDA grant in the United States and look forward to seeing the many people and businesses this project will help. »

To begin using the PIVOT Project, interested individuals and businesses can visit – https://tinyurl.com/2avfb6na – to complete an intake form and begin the registration process.

The PIVOT project is funded by a US$313,000 Economic Development Administration CARES Act investment that was matched with $80,000 in local funding. The project is launched in collaboration with key partners: the Institute, PA CareerLink of Luzerne County and LinkedIn Learning.

For more information or questions about the program, inquiries can be directed to: – Shanie Mohamed at [email protected] — or 570-408-1720.

Contact Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.