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Press ReleasesJul 15, 2013

3 Rivers WIB launches innovative online tool for jobseekers


Contact: Jennifer Pajewski, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

Phone: 412-552-7098

E-mail: jpajewski@trwib.org

Tool address: www.quicktrainforjobs.com


PITTSBURGH (July 15, 2013) — Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) announced today that it has launched "Quick Train for Jobs," an innovative online tool that connects job seekers to free or low-cost training programs designed to prepare people for quick entry into well-paying jobs in health care, energy, and manufacturing.

"With more than 88,000 job seekers in the region, we know what we need most is to help people get back to work and get back to work quickly," said Stefani Pashman, 3RWIB chief executive officer. "It's with the guidance, direction, and support of our customers —those job seekers, training providers, and career counselors using the public workforce system — that we developed this pioneering tool to help build the foundation for the enduring strength of our region's families, economy, and communities."

Funded by the Highmark Local Workforce Initiative, Quick Train for Jobs (www.quicktrainforjobs.com) serves as a clearinghouse for a host of free or low-cost, high-quality, brief training programs with some of the region's most recognized institutions.

A few training programs highlighted include:

Basic machining through the University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance CenterBidwell Training Center's Pharmacy Technician Training ProgramThe Community College of Allegheny County's Alternative and Renewable Energy Program

Developed in collaboration with Five Star Development to be used by career counselors as well as job seekers, Quick Train for Jobs offers an overview of industries and occupations, short career assessments, wage information, and projected annual job openings for our region. The website also may be used to locate assistance in meeting program prerequisites, such as obtaining a GED, or addressing barriers to employment, such as child care, transportation, or criminal backgrounds.

"We recognize that there are often barriers that prohibit individuals from obtaining employment," said Evan Frazier, Highmark Health Services' senior vice president of community affairs. "To create a vibrant and healthy community, individuals need access to sustainable employment."

About Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

As the leader of Pittsburgh/Allegheny County's public workforce system, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) works to ensure that the current and future needs of businesses and job seekers are met. With tens of thousands of jobs available in the Pittsburgh region, 3RWIB bridges the gap between people looking for work and companies in need of talent. More information is available at www.trwib.org.

About Partner4Work

Nationally recognized for innovation, Partner4Work delivers workforce solutions for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to ensure the current and future needs of businesses and job seekers are met. As stewards of more than $20 million in public and private workforce funds, Partner4Work oversees and funds workforce programs for adults, dislocated workers and youth; educates the community through robust labor market analytics; and implements innovative solutions to the region's systemic workforce challenges. Partner4Work bridges the gap between people looking for work and companies in need of talent. More information is available at www.partner4work.org.