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The UPMC Workforce Development team strategically partners with the communities we serve by proactively engaging, developing, and connecting talented people to meaningful work. In collaboration with our community partners, our programs empower individuals to overcome barriers to employment and gain the skills needed to find meaningful work.

To learn more about any of our programs, we invite you to send us an email to [email protected].

Community partners interested in having UPMC attend a career fair, host an information session, or share specific training or skill development should send us an email with the details as far in advance of the event as possible to ensure consideration.

Workforce Development Programs

Participants must be referred by a community partner to participate in the following programs:

Partnership on Workforce Readiness and Retention (POWRR)

The Partnership on Workforce Readiness and Retention (POWRR) is designed to help individuals choose career paths, prepare for jobs, and develop skills to retain jobs. The training, which includes the Tackling the Tough Skills™ curriculum, helps engaged participants get ready to take the next step and apply for jobs at UPMC.

Community All Access Days

Community All Access Days help participants gain the tools they need to prepare for their next career opportunity. As participants network with UPMC recruiters, they learn valuable job search skills, take part in mock interviews and resume reviews, and explore how their skills and experience align with careers at UPMC.

Other Programs

Project SEARCH

This is a one-year, high school transitional program hosted at UPMC Mercy and UPMC Passavant. It is a collaboration between UPMC, Goodwill of Southwestern PA, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Office of Intellectual Disabilities (OID) and school districts within the Pittsburgh area designed to combine education and work experience in an effort to prepare students with disabilities for competitive employment. UPMC recently added Jameson and Hamot to the Project SEARCH family. Learn More

Environmental Services Associate Trainee Program

This program is a partnership between UPMC and the Energy Innovation Center. Through this training program, participants will learn how to clean all aspects of a hospital to meet the required safety standards and to promote the quality of care that is given to all patients. Learn More

Learn and Earn

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (WIB), Mayor William Peduto, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald collaborated to create a paid work-ready internship experience for deserving youth in Pittsburgh. During the summer, interns learn about growing job and occupational tracks in an effort to create a pipeline for the city’s future workforce. Learn More

Urban Innovation21

This internship program is the largest and most diverse innovation economy-based internship program in the region, this summer opportunity is exclusively for Pittsburgh Promise Scholars. Learn More