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L&I Celebrates Diversity in Job Training Programs During Pre-Apprenticeship Graduation for Female Carpenters

Lebanon, PA – Today, Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani commended the graduates of the Sisters in the Brotherhood pre-apprenticeship carpentry program at the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (EASRCC) Lebanon Training Center in Lebanon.

"To be competitive in a global economy, Pennsylvania job training programs must serve a diverse population," said Cipriani. "Today's graduation is a phenomenal example of the skills and opportunities that apprentices can obtain, especially for non-traditional populations like women, minorities and individuals with barriers to the workplace. Congratulations to all of the graduates."

Cipriani addressed the five female graduates who participated in the six-week, pre-apprenticeship program. The program training consisted of classes in building concepts, safety training, mathematics, and more. The training prepared the women for success in a comprehensive four-year apprenticeship program. Completion of the apprenticeship program will allow them to pursue careers as skilled union carpenters in the construction industry.

"The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters sponsored women-only pre-apprentice programs in order to diversify the workforce and equip women with the tools to begin a career in construction," said Susan Schultz, EASRCC Representative and Director of the Sisters in the Brotherhood. "The five graduates from the Lebanon program have made great strides throughout the training and we are very proud of all they have accomplished in a short time."

"It's excellent that we have this new group of young women who are looking forward to a profitable and lengthy career within the Union," said Rich Foley, EASRCC Team Lead. "I foresee them all being able to jump right in and work side-by-side with the men as they have done a fantastic job thus far."

Apprenticeships are part of Governor Tom Wolf's PAsmart initiative to create the strongest workforce in the nation. The governor secured $70 million for PAsmart over two years, including $40 million for science and technology education and $30 million for apprenticeships and job training programs.

The Wolf Administration created the Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016. Since then, the office has registered 163 new program sponsors and 241 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 18,199 statewide.

Visit the Apprenticeship and Training Office for more information about apprenticeship programs.

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

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