Companies join plan to get more people working in Philly

Mayor Nutter watches as executives sign pledge

More than a dozen companies are committing to hire more Philadelphians from a job-training program.

The companies have signed the Workforce System Compact. Mayor Michael Nutter says the goal is to connect those who need workers with those who are ready for a job.

“Put simply, the companies that sign the compact will use the Philadelphia Works system to post available jobs,” he said Tuesday. “And if the applicant meets the requirements for that job the company will, at least, interview them and, hopefully of course, hire them.”

The system is attractive because it helps companies find people who have a real desire to work, said William Strahan of Comcast Corp.

“The workforce system brings us candidates who are screened and are enthusiastic about coming to work and making a contribution,” Strahan said.

Philadelphia Works also offers funding for some companies to assist in training new hires.

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