Employment and Training Programs

Pennsylvania’s employment and training programs are designed to help you start and succeed on your career pathway.


What is a career pathway?

Your career pathway is a combination of valuable education, training, and other services that will:

✓ Prepare you for getting your GED, attending college, and/or completing an apprenticeship

✓ Support you in achieving your personal, educational, and career goals

✓ Equip you with industry skills that are needed in the workforce

✓ Help you enter into or advance within your desired career field

 

What are the types of employment and training?

Depending on the benefits you are getting, your personal situation, challenges to employment, education level, work experience, job skills, and location in the commonwealth, you can be referred to one of several types of employment and training programs, which include:

  • EARN
  • Work Ready
  • SNAP Work Ready
  • Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS)
  • SNAP KEYS
  • Education Leading to Employment and Career Training (ELECT)
  • SNAP 50/50
  • Refugee Resettlement Program

 

Is it mandatory that I participate?

If you are receiving any of the benefits below, you may be able to volunteer, or it could be mandatory to participate in employment and training programs. Talk to your caseworker about what program is best for you.

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, helps provide for the basic needs of families with children when parents or other responsible relatives struggle to make ends meet. If receiving TANF, it often is mandatory to participate in employment and trainging programs. Learn about available programs for TANF clients.
     
  • The Refugee Resettlement Program helps refugees and their families obtain employment, social integration, and self-sufficiency as quickly as possible after their arrival in Pennsylvania. If you are in the Refugee Resettlement Program, it is mandatory that you participate in employment and training programs.
     
  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, assists low-income households in Pennsylvania to obtain more nutritious diets by increasing their food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets. Depending on your circumstance, it could either be mandatory or voluntary for you to participate in employment and training programs. Learn about available programs for people who receive SNAP.
     
  •  The General Assistance program provides a monthly cash assistance allowance to low-income persons who do not meet the requirements for the TANF program, yet are still eligible as individuals or couples with no dependent children, who have temporary or permanent disabilities that prevent their employment. If you receive General Assistance, it could either be mandatory or voluntary for you to participate in employment and training programs, depending on your circumstance.

     
 Disclaimer about program location for participants: Your assigned program provider may not be the closest provider to you geographically. 

 

   

More helpful information at these links

This online tool offers a range of services to help individuals be more independent and prepare for/maintain employment.
 

Provides educational services and support to pregnant and parenting teen students.
 

Outlines the employment help available through the Department of Human Services.
 

See where Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges are located, courtesy of Pennsylvania Commission for Colleges.
 

Need help finding a job, changing jobs, or polishing your job search skills? CareerLink® can help!
 

PAsmart helps connect Pennsylvanians with resources for working and training in the commonwealth.