Pittsburgh Partnership offers a variety of training and employment services designed to assist individuals find meaningful jobs and employers find qualified workers. To learn more about our services, please see the sections below.
The City of Pittsburgh receives funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) to operate the Employment, Advancement and Retention Network (EARN) program. The EARN program offers a range of employment and training services to economically disadvantaged customers receiving TANF benefits. EARN is designed to provide comprehensive education, training and work services to enable them to move rapidly from welfare to work. EARN services include: GED preparation, training opportunities, job readiness/search, paid work experience, subsidized employment, retention services and skill upgrades. All referrals to the program are received from DHS. The program is located at:
304 Wood Street, 3rd Floor
Learn and Earn Summer Employment Program
The Learn and Earn Summer Youth Employment Program provides a six week summer employment opportunity to disadvantaged youth, ages 14-21. Youth work in a wide range of jobs and occupational areas that provide general work experience, specific technical skills, and knowledge of employer expectations, as well as exposure to possible career paths. Youth gain valuable work experience, earn wages, and contribute to Pittsburgh's tax base and economic growth. More importantly, youth are equipped with experiences that stimulate them to continue education and become the emerging workforce. Additionally, the program provides several hours of Work Readiness Training to prepare young job applicants for the rigors of workplace. This pre-work preparation emphasizes appropriate workplace behaviors, job survival skills and it challenges youth to look at future in terms of career interests. Activities for the employment program are provided through contractual arrangements with community based organizations, educational institutions and/or other youth service providers. Service providers are selected through a competitive bidding and Request for Proposals (RFP) process and evaluated by an independent review panel. Contracted organizations develop employment opportunities, relying on their years of long standing relationships with community businesses and organization as well as partners in their constituent neighborhoods.
The program has evolved from the Pittsburgh Summer Employment Program to the present day Learn and Earn concept through the leadership of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. Mayor Peduto convened a summer employment Task Force and challenged education and workforce development experts to make recommendations to enhance the quantity and quality of work experiences. The Mayor’s vision driving the future of Learn and Earn is making a job available to every eligible applicant and providing jobs which present an opportunity for making career decisions.