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Workforce Development

Bridging the Gap Between Education and the Workforce

School districts are challenged to equip students to face an ever-changing workplace. To ensure the next generation of employees are ready, the connection between industry and education is extremely important. 

The Berks County Intermediate Unit provides a variety of opportunities for Berks County’s business community to connect with K-12 education, both students and educators, to shine a light on the needs of today’s employers.

Career Pathways

Developed by the Career Ready Berks Alliance, the K-12 Career Pathways Framework is designed as a systematic approach to ensure all students in Berks County access to information, resources, experiences, and training from kindergarten through grade 12 which will contribute to informed decision making and post-graduation success.

Through the program, students will be introduced to and participate in K-12 activities, experiences, courses, and elective selection focusing on one of five pathways:

  • Arts and Communication
  • Business, Finance, and Information Technology
  • Engineering and Industry Technology
  • Human Services
  • Health and Science

Career Ready Berks

CareerReadyBerks.org is an online platform bringing career information and opportunities to our 70,000 students in Berks County.

The portal provides a direct link to available experiences in the business community, including: 

  • Informational Interviews
  • Classroom / Career Day Speakers
  • Job Shadowing
  • Workplace Tours
  • Internships & Apprenticeships
  • And More

See what opportunities other businesses are providing and consider adding your business to the growing list of partners. 

Inside Berks Business

insideBERKSbusiness is a teachers in the workplace initiative that connects local educators with businesses in Berks County. Hosting interns in the insideBERKSbusiness program gives educators valuable insights into the current workforce climate. Fortified with the knowledge gleaned from their internship experience, educators will be able to enrich their career education instruction and counseling efforts.

In 2019, more than 20 Berks County businesses and non-profit organizations hosted 31 interns as part of the insideBERKSbusiness program. For business and organizations that participate, there is a minimal time commitment. Participating businesses do not pay a fee to participate in the program.

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