More than 100 students interested in careers in the building trades attended a Hiring Expo in April 2019 by Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC) in partnership with Orleans Technical College. The event matched selected students from several career education programs, including Orleans Tech and Project WOW operated by Orleans’ parent organization, with PHDC contractors in need of new employees. Several individuals were offered jobs on the spot. The fair was part of an ongoing effort between the City of Philadelphia, PHDC, and the Mayor’s Office of Education to attract young adults into the building trades and create more employment opportunities for Philadelphians.

Media Mentions

Thoughts on the Event

Mayor Jim Kenney: “This pilot program is an excellent example of the power of partnership. The collaboration between PHDC, the School District, YouthBuild Philly and JEVS Human Services will not only give young people much-needed work experience, it will also help develop a stronger pipeline between our schools and reputable contractors across the city. I am proud to see such teamwork in support of the goals and objectives outlined in Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine, the city’s comprehensive workforce development strategy which was released last year.”

Bill Lynch, campus president of JEVS’ Orleans Technical College: “JEVS Human Services is honored to host this expo on the campus of our Orleans Technical College. We have been providing career and technical skills training since 1974, with an emphasis on delivering short-term, employer-responsive programs in the skilled and construction trades sector. We measure our success and impact by matching well-trained graduates with employers committed to offering sustainable employment and growth opportunities. We are equally excited to include ready-to-work graduates from JEVS Project WOW program in this first-of-its kind hiring fair because it allows us to see the real-time fulfillment of our mission, taking place under one roof.”

David Thomas, executive director of Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation: “For over 50 years PHDC has helped Philadelphians preserve and maintain their homes. We built relationships with small and mid-size contractors across the City. The goal of this event is to match qualified and trained students with PHDC affiliated contractors looking to increase their capacity.  This means helping more Philadelphians in need, and also increasing their business-which helps small businesses in Philadelphia.”

Participating Contractors

Adkins Management, Inc.
Best Choice Plumbing, Inc.
Burke Plumbing & Heating
CGW Electric, Inc.
Clark Roofing Co.
Clements Brothers, Inc.
CPR Plumbing, Inc.
D.A. Virelli Roofing
DMC Environmental Group, Inc.
Dunrite Contractors, LLC

G&H General Contractors, LLC

Giampietro & Son Construction
GMW Construction
Guaranteed Plumbing, Inc.
Hamp Young General Contractor
I.B.N. Master Plumbing, LLC
IVN Sound & Communications LLC
Cruz Development
MD Roofing & Siding, LLC
Morris Roofing Co., Inc.

Mr. D’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

North American Roofers, Inc.
Pendino Construction, LLC
Quality Air HVAC Trust
Reid’s Electrical Contracting, Inc.
Richard’s Roofing
Tangent Construction Management Corporation
W&W Contractors, Inc.
Whiting Services, LLC