Berks County employers are facing critical workforce shortages. They are worried about the shrinking pool of educated, skilled workers available to them now and in the future and they are looking to the education community for help in finding a solution to this dilemma.
Schools can’t fix the problem by themselves but they can help. Curricula can build job readiness and strengthen the skills that are most crucial to employers. Teachers and counselors can inform students about workforce supply and demand, career trends, and potential employment opportunities in Berks County.
Participating in the insideBERKSbusiness program will give educators valuable insights into these matters within the context of the local business scene. Fortified with the knowledge gleaned from their internship experience, educators will be able to enrich their career education instruction and counseling efforts.
The insideBERKSbusiness program offers many benefits for area educators. By enrolling in the program, participants will:
In addition, educators who participate in the program will receive a $500 stipend and 40 Act 48 credits.
Apply for 2023: The iBb program for 2023 will provide wonderful opportunities for learning and collaboration between the education and business communities of Berks County.
Each year, we make an effort to recruit business partners that match the interests of the educators who apply to the program. The sooner we know what fields educators are interested in experiencing in 2023, the sooner we can prospect for willing business participants.