Delaware County EARN, Youth and NCP Programs
Chester, PA 19013
In Delaware County, EDSI offers the following programs:
- Employment Advancement and Retention Network (EARN)
- Non-Custodial Parent (NCP)
- On-the-Job Training (OJT)
The EARN Program began operation in 2002. The program is contracted by the Delaware County Office of Employment and Training. All client referrals are received from the Delaware County Assistance Offices in both the Chester and Darby districts. The EARN program is responsible for providing job readiness, placement, and retention services to Delaware County Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) clients.
Our NCP program assists unemployed or underemployed populations in achieving self-sufficiency through job readiness training, job development, job placement and case management services so they can obtain jobs in order to meet their financial obligations.
For those re-entering the workforce with a criminal background or after incarceration, EDSI offers work-based learning and skills training to include credentialed on-the-job training opportunities.
The PA Department of Labor has provided funding to Delaware County for an On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program that offers employers an opportunity to hire pre-screened applicants, while saving a substantial amount of money on training costs. Training costs are reimbursed at a 50% rate for the length of the training period with a $5,000 cap per trainee. Energy, healthcare and manufacturing are the primary job sectors for the OJT Program and our active employer partners include: Monroe Energy, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, and BFRIN. In order to qualify for the program a jobseeker must be unemployed, a resident of Delaware County, and registered at CareerLink®; employer partners can be located within or outside of Delaware County. EDSI executes the program as a member of a team that includes the Delaware County Workforce Development Board, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, and PA CareerLink®
The Delaware County Youth Program - Building Toward the Future - is a combined partnership between the Delaware County Office of Workforce Development, EDSI, and Penn Wood High School. The program provides a number of services including job/internship placement, job coaching and introduction to post-secondary education options through weekly workshops. All participants in the program are between the ages of 14-18 and participate free of charge for all services.
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