Our Mission and Strategy
JOIN seeks to increase the number of Greater Philadelphia workers earning family-sustaining wages. To realize this vision, we support industry-led partnerships that train low-wage workers for high-demand, mid-skilled positions. Through our efforts, JOIN enhances the workforce system in the region to better meet the needs of 21st Century workers and employers.
Greater Philadelphia is experiencing parallel workforce crises: employers in the region lack a strong talent pipeline to fill critical jobs, while an alarmingly high percentage of adults are in the labor force only marginally or not at all.
JOIN believes industry-led partnerships offer a solution to Greater Philadelphia’s challenges by simultaneously addressing the skill needs of low-income workers and the talent needs of regional businesses. These partnerships bring together a number of employers in the same industry to identify talent gaps. Then, the partnerships connect these employers to training providers, state agencies, and community-based non-profits that help prepare low-skilled adults to fill available, mid-skilled positions. This approach builds on the mutual interest of employers and workers.