The Pennsylvania Department Of Labor & Industry ‘Shows Off The Benefits’ Of ‘Back To Work PA’ - Announces New Robotics Apprenticeship Program In York County
(YORK, PENNSYLVANIA) - Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Sheila Ireland highlighted the important role Governor Tom Wolf's Back to Work PA initiative would have in preparing the Commonwealth's workforce for in-demand careers during a recent visit to the Manufacturers' Association to announce a new Industrial Automation Robotics Technician Apprenticeship Program, speak with Apprentices and observe a demonstration of robotics.
"Registered Apprenticeships let Workers earn a living as they complete their education and obtain valuable job skills," Deputy Secretary Ireland said. "The new Industrial Automation Robotics Technician Apprenticeship will place Pennsylvanians on a solid career path and provide employers with a pipeline of highly skilled Employees. This program is a great example of how Governor Wolf's Back to Work PA plan would make smart investments to build brighter futures for Pennsylvania Workers and their families."
L&I's Apprenticeship Training Office (ATO) recently approved the Industrial Automation Robotics Technician Apprenticeship Program with the Manufacturers' Association in York to develop Journey Workers who can safely build, operate and repair robotic equipment and automated production systems.
Robotic programming skills and troubleshooting will be emphasized in the program, as well as the ability to assist Engineers in the design and application of robotic systems.
"Through this support, the Manufacturers' Association built a first in the state, four-year Robotics Apprenticeship in response to employer needs to develop the knowledge-based careers of the future," Manufacturers' Association Executive Director Tom Palisin said. "These high-tech, highly skilled Apprenticeships are a cornerstone of the Association's new Regional Center of Excellence for Apprenticeship and Training that will grow the regional economy."
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.
Since the ATO was created in early 2016, the office has assisted in creating 352 Registered Apprenticeship Programs, occupation or Trade additions.
The ATO also supports 892 individual program sponsors and 1,504 Registered Apprenticeship Programs, occupation or trade additions across the Commonwealth, as well as the 17,797 active Registered Apprentices.
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