The vision of the Phoenix Workforce Connection is “To become a high value network of choice for building a workforce to keep business competitive and sustain economic growth.” The Phoenix Workforce Connection (PWC) is committed to making this vision a reality within the business and workforce communities that they serve.
The Phoenix Workforce Connection is funded through the Department of Labor and is a free community resource that brings together job seekers with employers who are hiring in a variety of industries, specifically in Phoenix and Maricopa County. According to Jill Buschbacher, Project Manager for the City of Phoenix, Community and Economic Development Department, “Most of our funding supports short term occupational training. The purpose of our program is to create the skilled workforce needed to help our economy sustain and grow. Several of our current training initiatives focus on solar energy and other related green occupations as we look to sustain and grow green industries in our region. “
The State of Arizona was recently awarded a three year grant to fund additional job training in the renewable energy sector and several workforce programs, including the Phoenix Workforce Connection, will receive funds later this year. Most of the funds will be used to train and place workers for renewable energy related jobs. “It gives us the opportunity to offer additional education to the community and place more people in jobs”.
The Green Careers Resource Center will be at the Solar 2010 convention to be held in Phoenix at the Phoenix Convention Center May 17-22nd handing out literature and answering questions regarding opportunities for employment. Phoenix Workforce Connection and their County counterparts from Maricopa Workforce Connections will be at the booth to assist. There will also be computers available so attendees can look at online resources, job boards and discuss opportunities with staff at the event. Consultants will be doing workshops on resume writing and interviewing at the conference as well.
The Phoenix Workforce Connection does not conduct job training, rather they assess and qualify candidates and fund them for short-term occupational training if they meet federal Department of Labor guidelines. Candidates have the opportunity to choose from many programs such as those resources listed below. The PWC also provides career counseling, and job leads to jobseekers. Much of the job training funding at this time is geared towards individuals who were laid-off from their previous employment within the last 24 months.
The City of Phoenix has long been recognized as an environmental leader. The mayor, city council, management and staff are all committed to protecting the environment and providing a sustainable future for city residents. Phoenix’s sustainability motto, “Living Like it Matters!” reaffirms the sustainability creed that guides its current programs and future plans.
Additional information is available via the following resources:
Phoenix Workforce Connection (PWC) Career Center Sites:
North Phoenix – 9801 N. 7th Street, Phoenix
West Phoenix – 3406 N. 51st Avenue
South Phoenix – 4732 S. Central Avenue
Training programs/schools that are approved for PWC job training funds can be found at:
City of Phoenix, Community & Economic Development Department
American Solar Energy Society National Solar Conference – Solar 2010