Delco offers free job workshops as COVID-19 raises unemployment

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Delaware County is offering free workforce development programs for unemployed residents over the age of 40 who need help finding work or choosing a new career path.

There are two programs: the Delaware County Literacy Council’s Back-to-Work Job Program, and the Delaware County Community College’s GPS 360 program.

“Both of those are really geared toward trying to provide individual support in every way possible,” explained Dr. Monica Taylor, vice chair of Delaware County Council and the county liaison to workforce development, “from on the call-coaching advice, to goal-setting or resume-building, even doing more job skill training. Whether they want to go back to the job they are doing or if they want to be re-trained for another job. It kind of covers all aspects.”

Taylor said job-seekers over the age of 45 make up more than 40% of the current unemployed population. And, she said people over the age of 45 who are out of work stay unemployed longer than their younger counterparts.

“And that was even before the pandemic started,” she added. “That was one of those statistics that we found and that was I think a little bit of the impetus of the start of some of these programs, was to try and figure out ways to help this population.”

For more information, the corresponding websites are linked above. You can also inquire about the Back-to-Work Job Program by calling 610-876-4811, and the GPS 360 program at 610-723-1220.