Employer Partnerships

Are you a Hiring Manager interested in tapping into a culturally and linguistically diverse talent pool? Does your company want to increase your knowledge of the benefits of hiring foreign-born talent? The Welcoming Center provides a variety of opportunities for employers.

Engaging Immigrant Talent

The Welcoming Center has partnered with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Workforce Development, as part of a citywide initiative, to build on existing strategies for the advancement of immigrant and ELL (English Language Learner) workforce integration at all skill and education levels in public and private sectors. 

The goal of this initiative is to identify and promote best practices amongst employers and HR professionals who are investing in Philadelphia’s immigrant talent. These strategies will then be shared through materials, guides, and trainings to advance inclusive talent practices. 

We’re looking for employers and HR professionals to share their talent strategies. Join us here.

This initiative is made possible through the generous support of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund.

Immigrant Fellowship Program

The Immigrant Fellowship Program connects employers to foreign-trained professionals for short-term, paid experiences in a variety of industries and professions.

The Fellowship program offers:

  • Access to a diverse pool of foreign-trained immigrant professionals in a variety of fields
    • All candidates have a Bachelors’s degree or higher, successfully completed the International Professionals Program, are fluent in multiple languages including English, and are authorized to work in the U.S. and do not require employer sponsorship
  • A preview of talent and short-term commitment over 12 weeks
  • Wage subsidy for private sector employer partners
    • $9/hr subsidy with a minimum requirement of $17/hr at 30 hrs/week
  • Ongoing support and coaching from WCNP to fellows and employer partners throughout the fellowship

Launched in Fall 2017 as a means of providing highly skilled staff to various City government departments, this initiative in partnership with the City’s Office of Workforce Development, has now also expanded to private employers with support by Philadelphia Works, Inc.

To host fellows at your company, please contact us.

“Microcision has enjoyed a decade-long relationship with the Welcoming Center. The organization is professionally managed and has been a very valuable resource.”

Marisa Puente, Vice President, Microcision LLC

Running a small business? The Welcoming Center offers a wealth of resources for entrepreneurs. We’re especially proud of the work we do to create business and development corridors in Philadelphia neighborhoods – building individual businesses and local economies, together.