Workforce Readiness

The HR Professionals of Central PA and its members are actively engaged in initiatives designed to ensure the region’s developing workforce is prepared to meet the future needs of our employers.  To accomplish this goal, we provide members the knowledge and resources so they can in turn build partnerships between their businesses and community organizations.  Our efforts will focus on the following key workforce categories:

  • High School students
  • College/post-secondary students
  • Transitioning veterans
  • People with disabilities
  • The unemployed/underemployed
  • Women and minorities


Youth & High School Students

Capital Region Partnership for Career Development: A major program of the PCD is the Educator in the Workplace. The Educator in the Workplace is an effort to connect careers to the classroom. For the employer the commitment is for either a Tuesday or Thursday evening from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Employer's site to showcase the business & careers to 20 to 25 teachers. The teachers then bring that understanding of the business & careers back to the classroom. Employers are needed to host. If your employer has an interest whether this school year or a future year, please contact the Partnership for Career Development Executive Director.

Capital Region Partnership for Career Development: 

College Relations

Our Mission is to facilitate the advancement of the HR Profession via the Mentorship Program; one relationship at a time by connecting emerging HR Leaders with experienced HR professionals.

In support of the core College Relations Leadership Area, HRP of Central Pennsylvania supports mentoring students affiliated with a University/College Student Chapter or a student member of SHRM. Presently HRP has mentoring programs with Shippensburg University and Central Penn College. HRP members are encouraged to mentor. Follow this link to register to become a mentor. For more information on the HRP Mentor Program, click here for the guidelines

Are you a student looking to learn more about the HR profession?    Join the HR Mentorship Program!   HRP of CPA mentors provide support and guidance within the ever-changing HR profession. Mentorship provides a unique opportunity to visit local companies, network with professional contacts, attend industry specific meetings, and so much more!  If you are interested in learning more about the mentorship program, contact the College Relations Team TODAY!  If you would like to become part of the mentorship program, please complete the Mentee Application and the College Relations Team will connect you with a mentor!

Opportunities with Mentorship:

  •          Job Shadowing
  •          Networking Events
  •          Lunch with HR Professionals
  •          Company Trainings
  •          HR Department Meetings
  •          Safety Committee Trainings
  •          HRP Chapter Meetings
  •          HRP Fall Conference
  •          Wellness Program Development
  •          Recruitment / Interviewing
  •          Resume Help
  •          Coaching & Development
  •          Confidential and Professional Relationships with HR Experts
  •          Tailored HR Activities to your interest!


Transitioning Veterans

US Department of Labor Veterans Employment Resources:

On September 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Final Rule that makes changes to the regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, as amended (VEVRAA), at 41 CFR Part 60-300. These new regulations became effective on March 24, 2014. You can view the new regulations on the OFCCP Web site at , either as published in the Federal Register or as posted in the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Additional information about the new VEVRAA regulations is provided in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)on the OFCCP website.

PA Careerlink

Receive free access to many career resources and services, resume creation, skills assessment, job exploration, interview practice, military translator, occupation profiles, job search tracking, career exploration, job market data, new job alerts, registered apprenticeships, and a job dashboard. Veterans can access assistance with finding jobs, acquiring skills and planning their career. We also offer assistance with a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist. 

Career One Stop Veteran and Military Transition Center

Your one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service. ... Veteran and Military Transition Center is a one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service. ... We'll match it to civilian careers that use similar skills ..

Transitioning Military-VA.Gov

Jan 6, 2019 - Transition Your Military Experience to a Civilian Career at VA ... That's why VA is committed to supporting Veterans as they transition to their ...

10 Organizations that help veterans transition to civilian life

10 Organizations that Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life. You've honorably served your country through the military. You've been on deployments, performed your military job with dedication and focus, and gained an abundance of skills and knowledge.

Unemployment and underemployment/State of Working America

It is impossible to capture the strength or weakness of something as complicated as the U.S. labor market with one number.  Therefore, it is important to look not just at the unemployment rate, but also at a host of measures of labor market health. 

The Differences Between Underemployment and Unemployment › ... › Leaving Your Job › Unemployment

Unlike unemployment, where a person is actively seeking a job and cannot find work, underemployment describes a situation where a person is  working, regardless of the number of hours or the skill level.  

Employer Resources:  Veterans Rank - Officers; Veterans Rank - Enlisted

America’s Heroes at Work ( is a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) program that focuses on the employment challenges of returning Service Members living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), particularly those Veterans and active duty military personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program equips employers and the workforce development system with the tools they need to help those affected by these injuries succeed in the workplace. 

Helmets to Hardhats ( helps military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry. If your organization uses unionized labor, this resource is worth a look!

Individuals with Disabilities

Check out these resources to help you start on the path to successfully employing individuals with disabilities:

Tuesday Talks are monthly telephone conferences that are free to businesses, presented by AHEDD.  These telephone conferences are great opportunities for education and a method for networking with businesses from across PA and the country.  Interested parties should contact Stacy Kyle for more information: 717-763-0968 x90115 or 

To join the visual portion of the BLN talks, connect via ADOBE CONNECT at  You can connect to the AUDIO portion by calling 1 (866) 244-1377 (US Toll Free) and using the  Participant Code: 7369 591 #.

In Pennsylvania, transition services for youth with disabilities begin at age 14.  Students are provided instructional support in the areas of post-secondary education/training, employment, and independent living through various services and activities.  As a student approaches graduation, a variety of service providers can provide assistance and appropriate supports to ensure a smooth transition into adult life.

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) provides support to individuals with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining, or maintaining employment.  OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors.

Unemployed or Underemployed Workers



Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce

Businesses in the Harrisburg-Carlisle Metropolitan Area are in need of talented workers to ensure the continued success of their operations.  Over the course of the past year, economic development representatives met with businesses to discuss a wide range of issues including the current and future need for qualified workers.  Companies in the region have an immediate need for workers as well as future needs for additional workers to support projected growth.  Currently, within the region there are 17,993 jobs posted.  Of these jobs 55% require a high school diploma, 12% need a vocational degree or certificate, and 33% are for college graduates. 

HRPCPA holds a standing seat on the Chamber's committee on education & business partnership.

The Live the Life You Want campaign was created to assist businesses in attracting the needed talent and to promote our region to recent college graduates as a good place to live, work, and play.  Since the site was launched in March of 2015 there have been 5,763 sessions on the site. Within the website there is a job posting area for Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC members.  Currently there are 74 jobs posted and more are added on a regular basis.  Post your job listings to the Live the Life You Want website through the Chamber & CREDC’s job posting portal.