Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Governor Tom Wolf today announced his administration’s success in securing a $3.9 million grant from the federal Department of Labor (DOL) to build and modernize Pennsylvania’s Registered Apprenticeship System .
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), through the Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO), is one of 30 grant recipients nationwide. through DOL Apprenticeship Building America Program.
“This funding is needed now more than ever, as Pennsylvania’s economy continues to recover from pandemic-related challenges, including the need to train and onboard workers in critical supply chain industries. and among populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic,” Governor Wolf said. . “Learning plays a critical role in turning these many challenges into an opportunity to create a more vibrant and resilient workforce. My administration remains committed to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians, regardless of background, have a equitable access to opportunities that provide reliable and family-supporting career paths.”
With the grant funding, the ATO plans to expand diversity, equity, inclusion and access to learning programs among underrepresented communities, emphasize learning in the Commonwealth Workforce System and to enhance learning-related expertise among the local Workforce Development Board and PA CareerLink® staff. The ATO will support local labor areas across the Commonwealth to create strategic plans to expand registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs in their areas. The ATO will also offer training webinars that will highlight how and why to connect job seekers to the model and how to leverage Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds to support apprentices.
In addition, the grant will provide strategic funding to encourage the growth of registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs and provide support services for apprentices, focusing on diversifying apprenticeship program designs and talent pools, with a focus on non-traditional industries and industries with critical supply chains. , including logistics, warehouse, manufacturing and transportation, as well as clean energy, utilities, healthcare, child care, construction and technology.
“Pennsylvania workers are looking for jobs that offer family-supportive wages and growth opportunities. Apprenticeships are the model of workforce development that connects these talented workers with willing employers. to invest in skills development – which sets up a business for long-term success, especially in this highly competitive job market.Apprenticeships are a win-win for both worker and employer, and it strengthens Pennsylvania’s economy as a whole,” said L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier.
Established in 2016, L&I’s Office of Apprenticeship and Training (ATO) supports and expands registered apprenticeship programs statewide. As part of Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart Framework, the office provides outreach, education, and technical support services to current and potential apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices. The ATO aims to extend the apprenticeship model to non-traditional occupations and ensure apprenticeship opportunities are available for underrepresented communities across the Commonwealth. The ATO currently supports over 17,000 active apprentices, nearly 5,000 new apprentices and over 1,500 occupation-specific active apprenticeship schemes across the Commonwealth.
The Wolf administration has directly invested $28 million in apprenticeship programs in Pennsylvania since 2018, focused on increasing college education in computer science, science, technology, engineering, and math to strengthen Pennsylvania’s workforce. Pennsylvania. The latest round of grants supports apprenticeship programs with a focus on diverse talent pools and underserved populations, non-traditional occupations, and alignment with secondary and post-secondary institutions for careers. agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, IT, education, human resources. services, building trades, etc.
L&I estimates that, on average, apprentices earn a starting salary of $70,000 per year after graduation and are on track to earn $300,000 more than other workers over their career. Nearly nine out of 10 apprentices stay with the employer who trained them at the end of their apprenticeship. For every dollar spent on learning, employers recoup an average of $1.47 in increased productivity.
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