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Wolf Administration Announces Inaugural Apprenticeship Award Winners

Awards honor individuals and exceptional apprenticeship programs

Camp Hill, PA – Several Pennsylvania’s registered apprenticeship/pre-apprenticeship programs were recognized at the inaugural Pennsylvania Apprenticeship & Training Summit in Camp Hill, Cumberland Country. The awards, presented by the Department of Labor and Industry’s Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO), recognized individuals for exceptional mastery as apprentices, pre-apprentices, and/or mentors and lauded exceptional apprenticeship training programs identified by training providers, local employers and workforce development boards.
“Governor Wolf understands that Pennsylvania’s businesses are growing and need skilled workers, and that workers want and need the education and training to get today’s in-demand 21st century jobs,” said Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “The companies and individuals we honor today are great examples of how apprenticeship training programs create a well-skilled workforce.” 
The inaugural two-day Pennsylvania Apprenticeship & Training Summit, sponsored in-part by Team Pennsylvania, provided an opportunity for employers, training providers, educators, job seekers, and workforce development professionals to hear from apprenticeship experts from across the state and learn about the various aspects of apprenticeship programs.
“Our hope is that this two-day summit will encourage further growth and expansion of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training programs statewide and help talented people get the skills they need to succeed,” added Secretary Oleksiak. “Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative will invest $7 million in apprenticeships, to expand programs in traditional and non-traditional occupations, with a goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices in the state by 2025.”
The 2018 State Apprenticeship Award winners were selected by the ATO from a pool of registered apprenticeship programs.  Individual candidates were required to be an apprentice, recent graduate, or mentor of a registered program. 
The 2018 State Apprenticeship Award winners are:
·       Geovani Rivera, Philadelphia, Outstanding Apprentice
·       Markus Mitchell, Philadelphia, Outstanding Pre-Apprentice
·       Ronald Sapp, Pittsburgh, Outstanding Mentor from Energy   Innovation Center Institute
·       Penn United Technologies Inc., Cabot, Outstanding Individual Program,
·       Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Philadelphia, Outstanding Group Program
·       District 199C Training & Upgrading Fund, Philadelphia, Outstanding Non-Traditional Program
Governor Wolf has set a goal of increasing the number of Pennsylvanians with some form of postsecondary education and training to 60 percent by 2025.
The Wolf Administration established the ATO in 2016 to support and expand registered apprenticeship programs statewide. The office provides outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices. 
The ATO has registered 119 new sponsors and 166 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 16,286 statewide.
Approved through the ATO, apprenticeship programs are used to provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, highly-skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover. The program provides job seekers with increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.
Visit ATO for more information about apprenticeship programs and the Apprenticeship and Training Office.
MEDIA CONTACT: Theresa Elliott or Penny Ickes, L&I, 717-787-7530 
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