As a 10-year-old, Amber Burney had to step in to raise her two younger brothers, then aged 1 and 3, when her mother, incapacitated by drug abuse, couldn't handle the work. Now 24, Burney wants to be a social worker. Her first step? A pre-apprenticeship program in behavioral health, which can lead to an apprenticeship in the field and college credits. Burney's path is part of a growing back-to-the-future movement in workforce development - the idea of marrying classroom instruction with paid, on-the-job training in a traditional apprenticeship model applied to non-traditional fields. Will it be enough to overcome labor shortages?
Is your idea of an apprentice someone who learns how to hang drywall and install windows? A new state-accredited apprenticeship partnership with Wistar Institute and the Community College of Philadelphia will apprentice technicians to leading research scientists, teaching them what they need to know to run a biomedical research labs in academic or industrial settings.
Anthony & Sylvan Pools chief executive Mark Koide's a little like Goldilocks in the story of the three bears. She liked the smallest bowl of porridge and the tiniest bed. Koide has worked for big companies, and small companies, but he says the size in the middle is just right.
Bricklayers' union leader Dennis Pagliotti believes inhaling crystalline silica dust contributed to his father's death from lung cancer at age 59. Peter Pagliotti had spent his life working as a bricklayer. That's why, for him, new regulations requiring contractors to reduce silica dust on construction sites are important. Conscientious contractors agree, but say there are problems with the new regs, set to go into effect in September. The chief complaint? Too vague.
They may be cute, but as neighbors in Philly (and yes, they do live in the city) raccoons can be dangerous. They exhibit signs of rabies and host communicable diseases such as roundworm. The problem is that no one city agency has the authority to help, two city council members say.
They marched on Washington in the 1960s, they protested the war, they worked in the civil rights movement, they saw American politics unravel during Watergate. Graying and retired, the protesters of the '60s, now in their 60s and older, are ready to protest again. They already know what to do.
Jane M. Von Bergen writes about the workplace — employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.