Education & Training

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 provides the framework for a unique national workforce preparation and employment system designed to meet both the needs of the nation's businesses and the needs of job seekers and those who want to further their careers.  The most important aspect of the Act is its focus on meeting the needs of businesses for skilled workers and the training, education and employment needs of individuals.
 
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Workshops and access to training programs are available at the PA CareerLink®-Chester County, the one-stop location for workforce and economic development needs.  Job seekers and employers have access to a wide array of job training, education and employment services at this one-stop, located at 479 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 500 in Exton, Pennsylvania.  Call (610) 280-1010 to learn more, or set up an account online to start accessing services. 
A schedule of workshops, as well as online workshop registration, can be found here
 

Individual Training Accounts


If a customer is unable to obtain or retain employment, the first step towards accessing an Individual Training Account (ITA) is attendance at Orientation. Orientations can be registered for here or by calling 610-280-1010.  
Trainings are limited to those schools and programs that appear on the Pennsylvania Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL). 
If a customer is eligible and their request for tuition assistance is approved, an Individual Training Account (ITA) will be established for that customer.  The maximum amount of each ITA cannot exceed $4,000.  Certain restrictions apply.  
 

On the Job Training


On the Job Training (OJT) grants are available for eligible job seekers to assist an employer in training costs and time that may be incurred by hiring a job seeker in need of a skills upgrade. Please call 610-280-1010 or click here for more information.
 
The

Employment, Advancement and Retention Network (EARN) Center

is located at 479 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 500 in Exton, PA 19341
.  The EARN Center offers activities and services related to job training and job retention for public assistance recipients.  Customers are referred to the EARN Center by the Chester County Assistance Office.  Services are overseen by the Chester County Department of Community Development and programs providers are chosen and assessed by the Local Management Committee.
 
The Local Management Committee is a volunteer board that coordinates the operation of employment and training programs and provides the Chester County Assistance Office with guidance.  
 
Click here to learn more about the EARN Program.