Contractors, Developers, and Businesses across the City seek persons skilled in the trades

Philadelphia (September 20, 2023) – Today the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC), The City of Philadelphia, and Orleans Technical College (Orleans Tech), a program of JEVS Human Services, hosted a Building Trades and Construction Hiring Fair.

Over 80 employers participated. This is the third Hiring Fair hosted by PHDC & Orleans Tech. The first was held in 2019.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, the top 25% in most construction trades professions earn at least $60,000 annually. People do not need to follow the traditional college path to get there. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics outlines the average salaries of persons in the trades, and many fields are pathways to career longevity, entrepreneurship, and building generational wealth.

“This is the third time PHDC and JEVS Orleans Tech have partnered to host this hiring fair for building trades and construction professionals,” said David Thomas, President and CEO of PHDC. “For over 50 years PHDC has helped Philadelphians preserve and maintain their homes, as well as help build affordable housing. The goal of this event is to match qualified Orleans students as well as other trades professionals with the building and construction industry. Many companies are looking to increase their capacity with skilled talent, and this event is the connection for that to happen. By doing this we can help more Philadelphians get not only a skill, but a career, and help increase these businesses’ bottom line – it’s a win-win for everyone.”

“JEVS Human Services is honored to come together with PHDC and the City once again to host today’s hiring fair,” said Cynthia F. Figueroa, President and CEO of JEVS Human Services. “We are excited to bring together employers and job seekers and create opportunities that lead to their future success. Our Orleans Technical College, where we are holding this event, provides career and technical education focused on employer-responsive programs in the skilled and construction trades sector. We measure our success and impact by matching well-trained graduates with employers committed to offering sustainable employment and growth opportunities.”

About PHDC
PHDC is Philadelphia’s full-service community development organization. From home repair to financing affordable housing, PHDC preserves and develops housing. PHDC also helps residents, community groups, businesses, and developers repurpose vacant land. Each initiative supports amenities that make Philadelphia neighborhoods great places to live. For more information on PHDC’s programs, please visit:   

About Orleans Technical College
JEVS’ non-profit career training school, Orleans Technical College, prepares adults for new futures. Since 1974, Orleans Tech has helped students move toward one common goal: learning new skills to enhance their success in the workforce. Ranging from healthcare to building trades, Orleans Tech offers a variety of six-month job training programs. Graduates are prepared for employment through hands-on learning and real-world experience. For more information, please visit and


PHDC/DPD Contact: Jamila Davis, PIO for PHDC and DPD
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JEVS Contact: Melody Zimmerman, Director of External Affairs
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