WPSI Services

WPSI’s model puts the employer in the driver’s seat: we operate as a boutique consulting firm and our employers are our clients. We conduct an in-depth needs assessment to design solutions that help employers resolve challenges related to candidate flow or quality, performance gaps and on-boarding support, while deepening their connection to the surrounding community. The Skills Initiative team engages employers in order to understand their workplace culture, hiring practices and turnover issues, allowing us to offer the following services:


Customized Pipeline Training Programs for New Staff

WPSI targets a specific position that employers need to fill and uses a cohort model to recruit, assess, and train potential recruits on behalf of a new employer, who can then interview and hire top talent for those open positions. Pipeline programs can last anywhere from 4 weeks to 4 months, based on an employer’s preferences and needs. Placed graduates continue to receive financial coaching and professional development services from the Skills Initiative for as long as they choose to access those services.  Historically, employers that use the pipeline training program experience significant increases in employee retention during the first 12 months following the program.

Manager and Incumbent Worker Training

WPSI’s  unique high-quality content brings value to anyone who sits in our classrooms, regardless of their title and salary. We also recognize that our participants are more successful when their managers and peers are successful, so our team creates customized training content for incumbent workers. Courses such as class consciousness, mindfulness, managing up, and critical problem solving can be delivered as stand-alone sessions or as part of a larger talent strategy.

Temporary and Part-time Placement Services

The Skills Initiative has a rich network of alumni and community connections that can be leveraged to meet pressing talent needs. WPSI alumni are eager to build their skills, so we advertise opportunities and pre-screen candidates for seasonal, temporary and part-time positions.

The Skills Initiative’s employers include some of the most prestigious in Philadelphia, including:

  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Drexel University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Penn Dental Medicine
  • Allied Universal 
  • BrightView
  • Chesterbrook Academy Preschools
  • Green City Works

WPSI works with employers throughout Philadelphia, and accepts employer partners on a rolling basis. If you are interested in exploring a partnership with WPSI, please contact Joshua Park for more information about how WPSI’s customizable services can benefit your organization.