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PWDA Virtual Annual Conference


Driving Workforce Connections


October 21-23, 2020


Who We Are

The PA Workforce Development Association (PWDA) serves as the voice of the Pennsylvania workforce development system and a clearinghouse for workforce development information statewide. PWDA develops and provides professional training to local workforce development boards, while continuing proactive advocacy efforts on behalf of the workforce development system.


Success Stories

Governor’s Achievement Award to Employers: FedEx Ground

FedEx Ground is a major package shipping company which is a subsidiary of the FedEx Corporation. In the Lehigh Valley, the company now operates a total of four different sites, with the most recent opening of a $335 million, 800,000 square foot distribution Hub located near the Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allen Township. To meet their significant workforce demands to operate this new Hub, FedEx Ground partnered with the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley who served as their workforce intermediary with PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley to develop a customized workforce development strategy to recruit, screen and hire more than 1,000 workers.


The workforce strategy included the posting of available positions on the state’s PA CareerLink® online job matching system during the spring of 2018. During the summer months, FedEx Ground held 14 job fairs at PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley, with a total of 332 job seekers attending. In addition, the company participated in two larger targeted sector job fairs where another 189 job seekers were on hand. The company was also able to utilize the PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley computer lab to enable job seekers to directly apply via the FedEx website.


The Workforce Board Lehigh Valley provided FedEx Ground wage information and labor market data which resulted in the company negotiating with their corporate management to increase the base wages of their Lehigh Valley workforce. Many available positions were for package handlers with competitive starting wages as high as $15.25 for overnight shifts and $14.25 for day and evening shifts. All package handlers received an additional […]


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