For Employers


Working directly with Navy Yard employers, PIDC’s Navy Yard Skills Initative (NYSI) enables businesses to hire local talent that can meet their demands and fill valuable positions. NYSI looks to coordinate services to address recruitment and retention challenges for entry-level and hard-to-fill positions that enable employers to connect with highly trained talent. With an emphasis on an employer-focused relationship we gather information and share data around talent needs and vacancies to develop customized training solutions based on each employer that enhances applicant competitiveness while preparing Philadelphians for the workforce. NYSI’s goal is to support businesses and create a thriving ecosystem at the Navy Yard that hires locally. Through recruiting and training we aim to create a productive workforce that is high-skilled and highly motivated to grow with companies that offer a family-sustaining wage and pathways for growth.


Using the nationally recognized WPSI training model, NYSI targets specific entry-level hard to fill positions and creates a cohort model to recruit, assess, and train participants on behalf of the Navy Yard employer who can then interview and hire this technically trained position-specific talent pool. Training programs can last anywhere from 4 weeks to multiple months, based on the employers’ needs.

Using the NYSI model alumnus are ready and willing to become part of a company that has invested in their development from the beginning and the employer sees reduced turnover, lower training costs, and improved productivity. Graduates from NYSI programs continue to receive career coaching and professional development supports as alumni.


Using a robust recruitment partner network, NYSI can pre-screen and refer candidates for entry-level positions based on the employer’s specifications for multiple openings or larger recruitment efforts. We offer:

  • Sharing employment opportunities to a large recruitment pool
  • Matching candidate skills to employers needs
  • Screening and referral of qualified candidates
  • Pre-screening tools: Aptitude and Skills Assessments
  • Promoting entry-level, hard-to-fill vacancies to increase recruitment
  • Support planning and hosting of company job fairs at the Navy Yard

“These programs have been a great boost to our overall hiring efforts as we have had a lot of room to expand with the major contract award in April 2020 to build the National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMVs) for U.S. DOT Maritime Administration (MARAD). I’m definitely looking forward to future workforce partnerships and want to thank everyone involved.”

Mike Giantomaso
Vice President of Human Resources at Philly Shipyard

BusinessSolution Inquiries 

Our work relies on collaboration with Navy Yard employers. If you are interested in learning more about customized training solutions or forming a partnership, please email A.J. Adams, Program Manager.