Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is awarding nearly $857,000 in the PAsmart Apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants for north central Pennsylvania. L&I Director for the Apprenticeship and Training Office Eric Ramsay announced the new investment during a tour of Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.
Governor Wolf launched PAsmart last year to increase STEM and computer science education and job training to prepare workers with the skills that growing businesses need.
“Pennsylvania employers are hiring, and to grow our economy they need more skilled workers.” said Governor Wolf. “I started PAsmart last year to close the skills gap and allow more people to get the education and training for those good jobs.
“These PAsmart grants will help to strengthen the workforce in north central Pennsylvania, which is good for everyone. The budget that I announced this week builds on the success of PAsmart so we can create the strongest workforce in the nation.”
The grants totaling $403,000 for apprenticeships and $453,000 for Next Generation Industry Partnerships will support job training in advanced manufacturing, health care and building and construction in the north central region. Apprenticeships provide hands-on opportunities for workers to learn skills while earning a paycheck. Next Generation Industry Partnerships connect employers in the same industry to provide job training.
The governor’s budget unveiled Tuesday builds on the success of PAsmart to create opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative.
The governor is also creating the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center to bring together government, schools and industry like never before. The departments of Community and Economic Development, Labor & Industry (L&I), and State will work with external leaders including Chamber of Business and Industry President Gene Barr, and AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale to find innovative solutions that close the skills gap.
Pennsylvania College of Technology – A $77,050 registered apprenticeship grant was awarded to increase the number of partners in existing registered programs sponsored by the college, and help fund the creation of two new college-sponsored registered apprenticeship associations.
Workforce Solutions for North Central PA – A $149,413 registered apprenticeship was awarded to ensure that partners have the knowledge and expertise necessary to implement effective pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships, to increase the number of pre-apprenticeships and registered apprenticeships programs in the north central region’s manufacturing and health care industries.
Pennsylvania College of Technology – A $100,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to expand the existing 10-month advanced manufacturing pre-apprenticeship program serving high school students, and will establish the college’s first health care pre-apprenticeship program, serving underemployed or unemployed adult populations and out-of-school youth.
Workforce Solutions for North Central PA – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to implement at least three pre-apprenticeship programs at local school districts in connection with a local powdered metal manufacturing Company, and to support the current Building Trades Registered Apprenticeship program.
Workforce Solutions for North Central PA – A $45,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Convening grant was awarded to create an industry partnership in the Building and Construction industries.
Workforce Solutions for North Central PA – A $45,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Convening grant was awarded to create an industry partnership in the health care industry.
Central PA Workforce Development Corporation – A $140,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support an advanced manufacturing industry partnership.
Workforce Solutions for North Central PA – A $140,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support an advanced manufacturing industry partnership.
Central PA Workforce Development Corporation – A $83,300 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support a health care industry partnership.
To celebrate the PAsmart grants and investment in workforce development, L&I Director for the Apprenticeship and Training Office Eric Ramsay toured Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport today and met with administrators, instructors and students.
“Apprenticeship programs are a great example of state agencies and local businesses working together to help meet regional employment needs,” said Ramsay. “Governor Wolf wants Pennsylvania businesses to have access to a world-class workforce, and has proposed additional funding for the PAsmart initiative to further improve access to education, apprenticeships and training programs for students and workers.”
“Apprenticeship is a natural extension of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s mission, addressing the skill shortages facing companies throughout the country,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, president, Pennsylvania College of Technology. “We help companies close the gap through innovative solutions to upskill their existing workforce, and infuse their ranks with talented graduates. This PAsmart funding helps us further develop and deliver the vital apprenticeship training component and creates a foundation for sustainability.”
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