Published in March 2017, the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, examines well-being across the nation. With 189 communities ranked based on their Well-Being Index score, the report analyzes how well-being varies by community, as well as who leads and lags across the five elements of well-being—purpose, social, financial, community and physical.
Lancaster County is in the top 30 (ranked 28th) of America's healthiest and happiest places, according to a new ranking, and it is ranked number one in Pennsylvania. Learn more.
Central Pennsylvania business experts report that a tsunami of job opportunities is hitting area. To take advantage of the high-paying jobs, job seekers need the necessary skills. To learn more, read Bruce E. Mowday's article for Business2Business magazine dated March 1, 2017.
The 13th Annual Youth Career Summit was held at the Eden Resort & Suites on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. This event is sponsored by The Youth Council of Lancaster County Workforce Development Board. This year's theme was Engaging a Millennial Workforce.
Hope Schmids, Millersville University, was recognized for her contribution to the Youth Council of Lancaster County.
The panel discussion was facilitated by Benjamin Stiles, Ed.D., Lancaster County Career and Technology Center. The discussion centered on Engaging Tomorrow's Workforce: A Millennial Panel Discussion and included:
- Grayce Langheine - Organizational Development Manager, Turkey Hill Dairy
- Danielle Krebs - Marketing Coordinator, Demme Learning
- Timothy Purcell, Jr. - Staffing Specialist, The Performance Group
- Mandy Smith - Human Resources Generalist, Tel Hai Retirement Community
- Hunter Mengel - Student, Millersville University
Beginning on March 1, 2016, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients that are known as able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) will see a change in their benefits and requirements. This change may increase the clients utilizing services at the Lancaster County PA CareerLink®
An ABAWD is a benefit recipient, ages 18 through 49 with no dependents, who must work or participate in a work program to maintain eligibility for SNAP. ABAWDs will need to now fulfill work requirements in order to continue to receive SNAP benefits. The work requirements are one of the following:
- Work an average of at least 80 hours per month
- Participate in, and comply with, a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program, a Trade Adjustment
- Assistance Act program, or an approved employment training program for 80 hours or more per month
- Participate in an approved program for 20 hours or more per week.
Individuals who do not complete any of the described work requirements will receive three months of SNAP benefits during a fixed three-year period. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services will notify all ABAWDs regarding these changes by letter. Click here to learn more.
Today, the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board held its 17th Annual Workforce Summit at the Eden Resort Inn. Robert I. Rhoads, Jr., chair of the Workforce Development Board, honored Jill Sebest Welch, Barley Snyder LLC, for outstanding service as immediate past chair of the board.
In addition, the following were recognized as Friends of Workforce:
- Contribution to the Mission Award to Dr. Gerald Huesken, superintendent of the Conestoga Valley School District;
- Building Bridges in our Community Award to the Clipper Stadium for its support of work experience programs for youth;
- Expanding our Horizons Award to the Arconic Foundation for providing funding for identification and short-term training for people facing barriers to employment.
The keynote speaker was Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. Cathy Rychalsky, executive director of the Workforce Development Board, provided an overview of the current state of the Lancaster County workforce. Matthew Sanger and John Robbins of ELANCO presented on the challenges, partnerships, and success of work-based opportunities.
We would like to thank our sponsors and all who participated in this event. We hope to see you next year at the 18th Annual Lancaster County Workforce Development Board Summit.
76% of the 425+ employers surveyed across Pennsylvania ranked the readiness of the current labor force to meet the needs of employers as fair (50%) or poor (26%). The biggest frustrations employers have with job seekers:
- Poor work ethic
- Lack of motivation
- Lack of interpersonal skills
- Lack of interview etiquette
- Lack of phone etiquette
- Inability to communicate confidently and maturely
If you need help with job seeking, please contact the Pennsylvania CareerLink of Lancaster County.
Today, employers are looking for:
- Logical thinking/problem solving
- Verbal communication skills
- Reading comprehension
- Basic math and writing
- Academic degrees/certifications
The workforce skills needed in the next ten years are:
- Collaboration and teamwork
- Verbal/written communication
- Project management
- Trades and related skills
- Presentation skills
- Business skills
This research was conducted by Susquehanna Polling & Research.
The baby boomer generation is hitting retirement age, and companies must prepare for what could be a major exodus, or some call it the "silver tsunami."
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as many as one out of ten workers will retire either this year or the next. It is projected that by the year 2020, about 25% of the U.S. workforce will be composed of older workers (ages 55 and over).