About Phila On the Job

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Phila on the Job serves as a one-stop resource for individuals searching for resources regarding employment, inclusive business practices, education & certifications, and tools for students just starting to explore career paths.

Initially created as a blog to share employment success stories and highlight individuals working in competitive, integrated, community settings, the blog has since transformed into the full and robust website you are viewing today.

POTJ is a product of the Philadelphia Employment 1st Steering Committee.


Current and Past Initiatives

Every year (sometimes every two years), various stakeholders (provider agencies, educators, parents, self-advocates, and community members) meet to discuss goals for moving Employment 1st forward in Philadelphia. Those goals become part of the strategic plan for the next year or so. A PATH is also developed during these stakeholder events. The PATH shows the goals, timeline, people involved, and what the guiding principles are (also known as the “North Star”).

Here are some of the past Employment 1st Initiatives of the City of Philadelphia (current initiative listed first).

Employment For All, It’s Time (2021 – 2023)

Connecting Talent to Opportunities (2019 – 2021)

Phila On the Job: Connecting Talent to Opportunities logoConnecting Talent to Opportunities (2019 – 2021)

Outcomes of this initiative:

Employment 1st, Employment Now (2015 – 2019)

Employment 1st Employment NOW! Philadelphia logoEmployment 1st, Employment Now (2015 – 2019)

Outcomes of this initiative:

  • Created Fact Sheets and Employment 1st Brochure

Employment 1st Philadelphia (2011 – 2014)

Employment 1st Philadelphia logoEmployment 1st Philadelphia (2011 – 2014)


Vision for Employment (2006 – 2010)

Philadelphia Vision for Employment 2010: We're On the Job! logoVision for Employment (2006 – 2010)

Picture of the Vision for Employment PATH