Tonight’sYouth At Work” gathering is an annual awards event highlighting promising young Pittsburghers who have made great strides in preparing for a career, as well as the companies that are supporting and encouraging them along their journey. Six graduates of YouthWorks’ comprehensive career development program will share their experiences from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at the UPMC Herberman Conference Center in Oakland.

The evening will be hosted by non-profit YouthWorks, which has offered work readiness training, career guidance and employment assistance for more than 22,000 young people in the Pittsburgh region since 1994. The event will also recognize participating employers who have provided a critical hands-on aspect to the program through on-the-job experiences. The featured speaker will be New York Times best-selling author Wes Moore, who will share his experience growing up as an at-risk youth, and how the path he chose led him to become a Rhodes scholar, White House fellow, U.S. Army captain and international investment professional. He will discuss how the right involvement in a young person’s life can make a profound impact on the decisions they make and paths they pursue in the future.

For more information about Youth at Work, contact Karen Bryant at 412-952-9704 or karen AT kjbryant DOT com, or visit the YouthWorks website.

President Barack Obama chose Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Consortium to launch the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort to bring together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness.  The President’s plan, which leverages existing programs and proposals, will invest more than $500 million to jumpstart this effort.  Leading universities and companies will complement these federal efforts by working together to invent, deploy and scale these cutting-edge technologies.

Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, attended the event and in a video interview told Bill Flanagan, host of “Our Region’s Business” on WPXI-TV that there was no better place than Pittsburgh for such an announcement.

The Pittsburgh region has been attracting international attention in recent years for its story of economic, environmental and quality of life transformation.  Manufacturing is no exception.

According the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the region outpaced both the state and the nation in terms of the growth in output per manufacturing worker from 2001 to 2009 with a 65.4 percent gain, compared to 41.4 percent for the state and 63.6 percent for the nation as a whole.  The introduction of technology into manufacturing is a big reason — the region’s manufacturers are making more things — largely durable goods — with fewer, more highly-skilled people.

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership aims to roll out best practices across the country and channel federal resources to support the effort.

For new entrants to the workforce, landing that first job can seem overwhelming. The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board is continuing the dialogue on workforce issues by asking people across the region: how did you get your first job?

The feature “Tell Us Your Story” uses a newsfeed format to encourage users to share their first experiences as new workers and the useful advice they have acquired along their journey.

The TRWIB is a collaboration of Pittsburgh-area employers, educators, labor unions, policy makers and community-based organizations united to bridge the gap between job seekers and companies in need of talent. The TRWIB website offers information about workforce training programs, labor market data, and career exploration opportunities. As a part of the TRWIB’s revamped website, the “Tell Us Your Story” feature is aimed at fostering interactive communication among entry-level workers in the region about what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to landing a job.

Also this summer, the TRWIB is offering paid internships to high school students through the pilot partnership WorkReady Pittsburgh. Styled after the successful WorkReady Philadelphia program, it aims to strengthen the region’s workforce pipeline by directly linking teens to host companies. Teens can explore careers and get on-the-job training for the 21st century professional skills that are in demand in many workplaces. The TRWIB is still accepting applications from employers interested in hosting students this summer.

With WorkReady Pittsburgh and the other initiatives the TRWIB has planned, we can look forward to a summer showcasing the bright future of Pittsburgh’s workforce!

“The opportunities are great in the overall building trades,” said Ray Vogel, training director for the Greater PA Regional Council of Carpenters. In fact, Vogel hammered home this reality at his organization’s Tenth Annual Design Build Competition & Open House, where the industry and its professionals were featured on Friday, May 13th. In addition to the Greater PA Carpenters, the American Institute of Architects’ Pittsburgh Chapter and the Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania work collaboratively each year to present this impressive showcase of an industry that’s got job opportunities.

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On Saturday, April 16, 50 teams comprising some of the most innovative minds from southwestern Pennsylvania’s high schools and technical schools competed in the sixth annual Bots IQ competition.


Held at the Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, the annual competition – part of Imagine! Career Week – helped young people to wrap their bright minds around careers in advanced manufacturing, one the Pittsburgh region’s top-performing economic sectors.


As the saying goes, “we still make things in Pittsburgh”  – and yes, robots are included!  These days, it’s all done with lots of engineering expertise and high-tech prowess.  For young people with solid skills in math, science and engineering, an exciting future in advanced manufacturing – in the Pittsburgh region – is a real possibility.

Pittsburgh Regional Compact members, employers and educators from across the region are partnering to help young people get ready today for their careers of tomorrow in the region.


With tens of thousands of available jobs and careers across southwestern Pennsylvania, there’s lots of opportunity here now – and into the foreseeable future – for informed, prepared young people to make the Pittsburgh region their number one choice when it’s time to decide on where to make a home and build a career.

According to PittsburghTODAY, which benchmarks Pittsburgh against 14 other regions across the country, Pittsburgh was the only region with a 2-year increase in the number of jobs. The latest preliminary figures show February jobs up 23,700 from February 2010 – the highest rate of growth of any region.



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