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More Funding Made Available For Union Ironworkers Apprenticeships In Pennsylvania

Published Thursday, October 15, 2020
by Staff
More Funding Made Available For Union Ironworkers Apprenticeships In Pennsylvania

(HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA) -  The Ironworkers Local 404 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) will be getting a boost thanks to additional funding provided by the Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Apprenticeship Grant Program. 

Administered by the JATC, the Iron Workers Local 4040 program is a three-year program with hands-on training, demonstrations by equipment suppliers, classroom lectures and instruction time for safety training.

The funding is part of Governor Tom Wolf's commitment to expanding job training-related opportunities throughout Pennsylvania: “Apprenticeship Programs allow for Pennsylvania students and Workers to attain the skills and abilities necessary to meet the needs of our Twenty-First Century economy.  My PAsmart initiative was created with the intent of making Apprenticeship opportunities more widely available and accessible so that across the commonwealth we can provide quality Trades training that leads to good, family-sustaining jobs.”

Iron Workers Local 404 JATC, of Dauphin County, received $297,000 to increase program updates through exploratory outreach and to expand outreach to increase recruitment.

The grant will allow for additional collaboration with other Ironworker Union Locals and other local Trade Unions, and facility updates that guarantee the most current and all-encompassing training and education possible.

Curriculum and training facility updates will ensure Ironworkers Local 404 JATC has a more marketable program that appeals to individuals interested in a career in their Trade or pivoting to a more dependable career opportunity in general.

“The Iron Workers Local Union 404 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee would like to thank Governor Wolf and his administration for the generous opportunity to apply for funds that will have a direct, positive impact on the economy of the commonwealth.  For over sixty years, our program has served as a dependable common ground for certifying craftsmen across thirty-five counties, and this investment of funds will help us continue to provide an accredited education to hardworking Pennsylvanians,” said Apprenticeship Coordinator Dan Hoke. “Now more than ever, the opportunity to begin a lucrative career in the ever-changing job market is imperative and we are honored to receive funds that will directly lead to such opportunities.”

Apprenticeship Programs provide critical access to career pathways and enable Apprentices to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to compete in today’s economy.

Classroom training is a required component of Registered Apprenticeship Programs across the State of Pennsylvania and complements traditional on-the-job training.

The technical material taught in a classroom environment enables Apprentices to learn fundamental concepts, terminology, procedures, safety requirements and basic tools and instruments.

Apprenticeships are a key component of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, an innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and businesses to expand innovative job training in Apprenticeships and other programs so Workers get the skills they need to compete in the global economy.

The Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program is a statewide program that offers assistance to Registered Apprenticeship Programs.

The program’s goal is to increase Apprenticeship availability to Pennsylvania employers to assist them with their talent recruitment and development.

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