The Office of the Governor of the State of Pennsylvania

04/03/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/03/2018 09:29

Governor Wolf Announces $3.5 Million for 61 Grants to Enhance Apprenticeships

Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf today continued his commitment to providing workers with the training they need to get good, middle-class jobs by announcing $3.5 million in grants to support pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs across Pennsylvania.

'My PAsmart initiative is an innovative approach to building pathways that will offer greater prosperity for our workers and businesses,' said Governor Wolf. 'Apprenticeships are incredibly important, as they connect the people who want to learn new career skills with the companies and industries that need highly trained employees. We propose to invest a total of $50 million in PAsmart, including $7 million to help double the number of registered apprentices in the commonwealth by 2025.'

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry awarded the grants through Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) across Pennsylvania. The grants provide funding for pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs, and help sponsoring organizations build capacity to improve and expand their programs.

There were 28 grants totaling $2 million awarded to support pre-apprenticeship programs that are actively working with registered apprenticeship programs, or apprenticeship programs that are already registered in Pennsylvania.

A total of $1.5 million was awarded for 33 capacity building grants. These grants are designed to support businesses, industry associations, chambers of commerce, training providers, career and technical centers, and intermediaries interested in sponsoring registered apprenticeship programs.

Following is a list of grants awarded through LWDBs:

Berks County

Bucks County

Central Pennsylvania

Lancaster County

Lehigh Valley

Luzerne/Schuylkill

MontCo Works

Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission

Philadelphia Works

SCPa Works

Southwest Corner

Partner 4 Work

Tri-County

  • Oberg Industries - $55,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $35,000 capacity building grant

Westmoreland/Fayette

'The Wolf Administration has made a concerted effort to meet the demands of Pennsylvania business to grow apprenticeships through the Apprenticeship and Training Office, but much more needs to be done,' said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. 'The governor's PAsmart initiative recognizes that increasing opportunities for job training will result in a future workforce of highly trained and skilled employees.'

The Wolf Administration established the Apprenticeship and Training Office (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.

Since the ATO launched, 92 new apprenticeship programs have been created with 2,917 new apprentices, bringing the total number of registered programs to 759 and the total number of registered apprentices to 15,199 statewide.

Approved through the ATO, apprenticeship programs are used to provide industry-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.

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