January 25, 2016 Read more agency year in review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf The Blog, Year in Review During my first year as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, I was privileged to meet with business owners and workers across Pennsylvania on Governor Tom Wolf’s “Jobs That Pay” tour.My department is all about jobs.We house the state’s Bureau of Workforce Development; serve as a government liaison with community colleges and technical schools and workforce investment areas; and house the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and the Office of Unemployment Compensation. When we are not helping people find or train for jobs, we are helping them through difficult periods of unemployment due to layoff or injury.So, in my role as L&I cabinet secretary, this tour allowed me to recognize the efforts of employers and workers, and to listen and learn about the opportunities available to those looking for jobs.Most importantly, I brought back what I heard on the tour to help shape our workforce development programs to help people get jobs that pay in Pennsylvania.Here are some of our successes over the past year:Investing In Our WorkforceL&I received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund for the development of micro-credentials in the state’s workforce development system. Micro-credentials are stackable credentials that showcase a job-seeker’s skills, knowledge, or experience to potential employers. They can come in the form of certificates or other benchmark notices and can be attained in much less time than a typical associate’s or bachelor’s degree. We are offering these micro-credentialing programs through our local workforce investment areas and PA CareerLink offices.Encouraging Youth Summer JobsL&I received $7.5 million in combined federal and state funding to pilot two summer youth employment programs focused on low-income youth. These pilots helped youth age 16 and older in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions learn about the world of work and the myriad education and career opportunities available to them in Pennsylvania as they leave high school in a few short years.Continuing the Great Work at OVROur Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s efforts served more than 8,700 people with disabilities in 2015.Developing Worker SkillsMore than 6,500 people were trained for specific jobs in Pennsylvania in 2015. Many of these trainings were the result of a collaborative effort of the local workforce investment areas to devise strategies to help the long-term unemployed. Jobs that pay mean jobs for everyone.As a result of our conversations with the trades – carpenters, electricians, welders, sheet metal workers – and learning of the many career opportunities available to young people in these fields, L&I is in the process of establishing an Office of Apprenticeship and Training. The office will provide a renewed focus on apprenticeships and to help to create new apprentice programs in nontraditional occupations for nontraditional demographics.This is all in an effort to continue to provide jobs that pay.Another Great Year AheadL&I’s programs to help job seekers find meaningful employment, along with many of Governor Wolf’s other jobs initiatives, have demonstrated that 2015 was full of good news for the state’s economy.At 5 percent, our unemployment rate is tied with that of the nation. Our jobs growth reached a record-high in October 2015.I am confident that we will continue to see businesses – and jobs that pay – coming to and growing within Pennsylvania. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Kathy Manderino, Secretary of Labor & Industry BLOG: Creating and Maintaining Jobs That Pay in Pennsylvania
Kwesé TV In anticipation for Sunday’s game, African basketball fans can continue to whet their appetite with the three-part basketball extravaganza that is the All-Star Saturday showcase. This will air on 17 February from 02:00 – 04:30 am local time. For two and a half hours basketball lovers can feast their eyes on the Skills Challenge, followed by the Slam Dunk Challenge – which features Hamidou Diallo with Guinean roots – and closes off with a 3-Point Contest.The real hero for the weekend however, will of course be Sunday’s All-Star Game. Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo will lead their respective teams in a match-up that is sure to set the court on fire. Antetokounmpo of Nigerian decent, will represent the continent alongside Cameroonian Joel Emiid. With two sons of the soil representing the continent, there is no doubt that viewers across Africa will have their eyes glued to Kwesé for all the three pointers, rebounds and offensive play. The All-Star Game will air in the early hours of Monday from 02:00 – 05:00am local time.Viewers who miss out on weekend’s festivities can indulge in a two-hour highlights package which will broadcast on Kwesé Free Sports on Monday 18 February at 7.30pm. Inactive Kwesé TV subscribers who want to the partake in the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities will need to pay the annual access charge of N1,900.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram One of the most talked about and highly anticipated events on the NBA calendar is upon us. From 15 – 17 February Kwesé Free Sports will transport basketball fanatics to Charlotte North Carolina, for the 2019 edition of the NBA All-Star Weekend. African basketball fans will enjoy a weekend of fast-paced action, captivating events and up to the minute coverage of the weekend’s festivities.The NBA All-Star Weekend will be broadcast on Kwesé Free Sports available on Kwesé TV’s decoders on channel 285, the Kwesé iflix mobile application (through a one day, three day, seven day or monthly subscription) and Kwesé Play.Kwesé’s All-Star Weekend coverage kicks off with the Rising Stars game on Saturday 16 February from 03:00 – 05:00 am. This exhibition game which showcases 20 of the league’s best rookies and second-year players, follows a Team World vs Team USA format. In this year’s game, Africa will be represented by Minnesota Timberwolves Shooting guard of Nigerian decent, Josh Okogie who will show off his skills on the court as a member of Team World.