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Office of Workforce Development

Workforce development helps bridge the gap between job seekers and employers.

What we do

The Office of Workforce Development (OWD) develops and supports interventions to improve Philadelphia’s workforce development system. Our work aims to address poverty and racial disparity and grow the economy.

OWD addresses the talent needs of employers and prepares Philadelphians for family-sustaining jobs. We do this by:

  • Connecting residents with training for skills that employers need.
  • Addressing barriers that prevent residents from accessing meaningful career opportunities.
  • Building a workforce system that is more coordinated, innovative, and effective.

Contact us

1515 Arch St.
12th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Workforce Respond and Recharge Commitment

The Workforce Respond and Recharge Commitment is an economic development strategy that addresses the workforce development conditions that Philadelphians are facing. Specifically, the commitment focuses on the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This commitment seeks to:

  • Drive workforce development to return the unemployment rate and the number of jobs to January 2020 levels.
  • Work to end the racial and ethnic disparities of the city’s unemployment rate.
  • Grow sustainable, living-wage jobs.

The Workforce Respond and Recharge 2021 Commitment is a collaborative effort between the City, the Department of Commerce, and workforce development partners, including Philadelphia Works and PIDC.

To learn more, read the commitment.

Workforce Professional Alliance

The Workforce Professional Alliance (WPA) is a partnership of 24 workforce development organizations committed to increasing access to career readiness programs for Philadelphians. The WPA works to connect, advocate, and drive the impact of workforce development services in Philadelphia.


The WPA has two tiers of membership: principal membership and general membership.

Principal membership is open to organizations whose primary mission is workforce development and:

  1. Have a program budget that is at least 51% workforce development-focused or $100,000.
  2. Have placed 65% of their population into work.
  3. Have a 90-Day Sustained Employment Retention Rate of 70%.

General membership is open to organizations that provide workforce development and career readiness programs and are growing in capacity and scale.

To learn more about the WPA or apply for membership, contact the Office of Workforce Development at