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L&I Highlights Investment in Skills Training for In-Demand Jobs During PA CareerLink® Blair County Job Fair

Altoona, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary Eileen Cipriani today visited PA CareerLink® Blair County and Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board’s job fair in Altoona, Blair County, highlighting Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart investments in jobs and skills training, and STEM education to help job seekers obtain in-demand jobs.   

“Industries are experiencing a shortage of trained workers, which is one of the reasons why Governor Wolf is investing in skills training, STEM education, and job programs,” said Cipriani. “Not everyone wants a four-year college degree, but every worker needs real-world skills for in-demand jobs.PAsmart investments ot make sure workers are ready to compete for those careers.”   

Governor Wolf wants Pennsylvania to have the strongest workforce in the nation. The governor has secured $70 million for PAsmart over two years, including $40 million for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and computer science education and $30 million for apprenticeships, career and technical education, and other job training programs.  

Cipriani hosted a media availability during a visit to the PA CareerLink® Blair County and Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board’s job fair in Altoona. The job fair featured nearly 90 employers recruiting for current openings in healthcare, manufacturing, retail sales, hospitality and more. The first 30 minutes of the event was dedicated exclusively to highlighting employment services and resources available for veterans.

"Workforce issues are on everyone's mind these days, from individuals looking for sustainable wage jobs to employers facing a shortage of workers,” said PA CareerLink® Blair County’s Site Administrator Gwen Fisher. “The local unemployment rate is at a low 4.1 percent, which has attracted employers from multiple counties, eager to talk with job seekers. We're excited that PA CareerLink® Blair County, ABCD, the Chamber, and Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board have partnered for this event to assemble an enormous number of resources to suit both side of the equation."  

“With near record low unemployment levels, Pennsylvania businesses are experiencing a shortage of trained workers, which is why Governor Wolf is increasing access to job and skills training, and career and technical education programs, to help fill that skills gap,” Cipriani added.

Governor Wolf understands that Pennsylvania’s businesses are expanding and need skilled workers, and that workers want the education and training to get today’s in-demand jobs.  The governor’s PAsmart initiative is a new way to invest in people and business to create and expand innovative job training in STEM, computer science, apprenticeships, and other programs so worker get the skills that businesses need to compete in the global economy.

For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart 

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