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$11 Million Awarded in Workforce Development Funding for PAsmart Apprenticeship Programs

Published Wednesday, April 20, 2022
by MyChesCo
$11 Million Awarded in Workforce Development Funding for PAsmart Apprenticeship Programs

(HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA) - Governor Tom Wolf has announced awards totaling more than $11 million for 26 Apprenticeship Programs that will empower Pennsylvania Workers to earn while they learn and support Pennsylvania businesses in building a pipeline of talent for occupations in agriculture, manufacturing, health care, IT, education, human services, building trades and more.

“Throughout history, Apprenticeships have been a vital and necessary part of career education in certain fields,” Governor Wolf said. “By expanding these important programs to more occupations and industries, we are offering Pennsylvania Workers opportunities to train for family-sustaining jobs, while helping businesses develop a workforce that will strengthen our economy and our communities.”

Each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties will be served by one or more of the funded programs.

Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier said the funding comes at an important juncture for Pennsylvania’s Workers and employers alike: “Workers have the power to demand better pay, better benefits and safer working conditions.  Pennsylvania’s economic recovery from the pandemic depends significantly on what we do now to respond to those demands.  Workforce development is most successful when community members collaborate to develop practical solutions to collective problems.  The Apprenticeship Programs funded through PAsmart are precisely the types of solutions we need to meet this moment.”

The grants, offered through L&I’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO), are part of Governor Wolf’s PA Statewide Movement for Accountability, Readiness and Training (PAsmart) framework, which is designed to better align education, workforce and economic development initiatives and funding.

In March, the Wolf Administration announced a new round of grant funding available to Pennsylvania Apprenticeship Programs to develop diverse talent pipelines and reach under-represented populations within the Building and Construction Trades.

A total of $1.5 million is available and applications are due by Thursday (April 21st).

The Wolf Administration established the ATO in 2016 to support and expand Registered Apprenticeship Programs statewide.

The office provides outreach, education and technical support to current and prospective Apprenticeship Program sponsors and Apprentices.

The ATO aims to expand the Apprenticeship Model to non-traditional occupations and ensure Apprenticeship opportunities are available to under-represented communities across the Commonwealth.

The ATO currently supports more than 17,000 active Apprentices, nearly 5,000 new Apprentices and more than 1,500 active Apprenticeship Programs across the Commonwealth.

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