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University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and PIDC’s Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives (NYWDI) are recruiting for our collaborative professional development program to train Philadelphia residents for permanent, full-time, quality-wage careers. 

Program Basics  

PIDC’s Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives training programs are designed for individuals who have been disconnected from the workforce or who have limited professional experience to strengthen the skills and abilities that employers need!

Program participants are expected to participate in all aspects of the program including classroom training and technical coursework. The goal of each program is to connect participants to the tools and supports needed to build a meaningful career.


The deadline to apply has passed. We will contact those selected for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

Information about the Philly Shipyard, Inc. (formerly Aker Philadelphia Shipyard) Shipyard Laborer Program

The Shipyard Laborer Program is designed to connect participants to the professional and technical training, tools, and supports needed to build a meaningful career. This program is a blend of virtual courses and in-person sessions, so consistent access to a laptop or desktop computer with highspeed internet and a working webcam is essential. In-person sessions will maintain high standards of safety compliance in the face of COVID-19.

Successful candidates are goal-oriented, motivated individuals with a desire to obtain full-time permanent employment in the government and commercial shipbuilding industry. Successful candidates must thrive in a labor intensive, fast-paced environment that operates in all weather conditions. Attention to detail and a safety-first mindset are a must. 

In this program, we offer: 

  • Cutting-edge job connection strategies resulting in 95% of graduates finding employment  
  • A $150 weekly stipend while enrolled in the program  
  • The opportunity to interview for full time union Laborer positions at Philly Shipyard, Inc. (formerly Aker Philadelphia Shipyard) starting at $14.00/hour

Full training schedule for Shipyard Laborer Program: 

Participants must commit to the full training schedule on September 7 through September 24 and be willing to travel to the Navy Yard for in-person trainings.  

*Face coverings/masks are required for in-person trainings and will be provided, regardless of vaccination status. 

  • Facilitated group conversations in-person at the Navy Yard, Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 12 PM 
  • Additional one-on-one and small group virtual meetings several times a week between 12 PM – 3 PM 
  • Approximately 2 hours of daily reading and reflection exercises 
  • Attend the virtual Participant Agreement Meeting on Thursday, September 2

Are you eligible for this program? 

  • Be a current resident of Philadelphia  
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalency  
  • Commit to the full training schedule September 7-24 
  • Have a strong desire to attain and retain full-time, permanent employment  
  • Have reliable transportation to-and-from the worksite and classroom (public transit, car, or another form of transport) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard 
  • Capable of completing physically strenuous labor for long hours, occasionally in extreme heat or cold 
  • Pass a pre-employment drug screen 

Download the Shipyard Laborer Program Flyer 


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EMPLOYMENT DISCLAIMER: Positions with employers are not guaranteed and each graduating program participant will go through the same interview process as all other individuals that apply for open positions. Successful completion of the program will prepare graduates to perform well on the employers’ interview and new hire assessments as a result of the training they receive. NYWDI’s will facilitate this process and support graduates’ transition to other private sector positions when opportunities arise. *Eligibility requirements may vary by program