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Nearly $440,000 Awarded To Prepare Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Apprentices For Careers In Manufacturing

Published Monday, September 27, 2021
by Governor Tom Wolf Press Release
Nearly $440,000 Awarded To Prepare Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Apprentices For Careers In Manufacturing

(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - Continuing his commitment to investing in job training, Governor Tom Wolf has announced the creation of a program by his administration that has awarded nearly $440,000 for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce’s (GACC) Dual Apprenticeship Program.

The Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program, housed at the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), helps employers develop specifically-designed training for their Workers to close the skills gap and provide career opportunities for students and adults.

The program is funded by money that has been “clawed back” from businesses and organizations that received state support and failed to meet the state requirements of the contract.

“Pennsylvania businesses are looking to hire, and they need Skilled Employees, which create great opportunities for Workers and their families,” Governor Wolf said.

“My administration created this program to work with businesses to develop a talented pool of Skilled Workers and to provide hard-working people with the on-the-job training they need for good jobs that make our state and economy stronger,” he said.

The project received $439,999 in funding which will enable GACC to better serve 18 of its current Registered Apprentices and to continue to grow the program to serve 49 additional Apprentices during the three-year project period.

All Dual Apprenticeship Program Registered Apprentices earn industry-recognized credentials.

Registered Apprentices in the Polymer Technology Process Technician, Mechatronics Technician, Sales Engineering, and CAD/CAM Design programs earn an associate degree and certification.

The GACC’s German Dual Training Model allows Apprentices to split time between traditional classroom education, related technical instruction (RTI), and on-the-job training (OJT), and partners with 22 companies to teach Apprentices.

The program also allows Apprentices to earn while they learn and develop in-demand skills, rather than accumulating student debt.

The Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Program works to increase Apprenticeship availability to Pennsylvania employers and assist them with their talent recruitment and development.

Funding is provided to eligible applicants for the purpose of reaching the goal of increasing Apprenticeship accessibility across the state.

Eligible uses of funds include expenses related to instruction that complements on-the-job learning.

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