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PA Labor Secretary Meets with Dempsey Execs.

Posted September 14, 2018 at 12:34 pm

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Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak recently met with representatives from Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, Sunbury, PA, and the PA CareerLink® Northumberland/Snyder/Union Counties to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf (D-PA) and his administration’s job-training and career-readiness initiatives, according to a news release.

Cindy Scovish, human resource specialist from Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, spoke on the company’s experiences using CareerLink® services to hire employees. Dempsey collaborates with the CareerLink®’s Business Services team, attends PA CareerLink® career fairs, Manufacturing Day events, and employer seminars, provides facility tours and strives to proactively reach out to local dislocated workers.

“PA CareerLink® is an effective one-stop shop for Pennsylvania job seekers and employers that connects businesses to a local skilled workforce,” Secretary Oleksiak said. “It’s great to hear that local workers are finding good, middle-class jobs with major employers in the Sunbury area, such as Dempsey, through PA CareerLink®.”

Dempsey also partners with PA CareerLink® to participate in Career Exploration workshops, hosts job shadowing for various programs, and regularly provides “career path” presentations to local high school students, focusing on career progression and opportunities. A strong supporter of the Out-of-School Youth program, Dempsey participates in Paid Work Experience programs and has hired many young adults that successfully completed paid work experiences with them.

“Dempsey relies heavily on the Northumberland/Snyder/Union County Careerlink® team to help us staff our facility in Sunbury,” Scovish said. “Both employers and job-seekers are fortunate to have such a creative and caring team serving them locally to match people with jobs. If a job-seeker isn’t utilizing the services of Careerlink®, they are missing out.”

Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation Executive Director Erica Mulberger added that, “Partnering with companies like Dempsey and helping them to grow their talent through the PA CareerLink® programs is a win-win for the company, jobseekers, and the local workforce network. Dempsey is able to share what their company needs to be competitive in the 21st century, and the PA CareerLink® is able to use that feedback to promote robust engagement with both employers and job seekers.”

PAsmart, a first-of-its-kind $30 million investment, is a new way of thinking about job training and workforce development by providing targeted funding for education in math, science and technology, career and technical training, and more. To read the full release, click here.