Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Programs in Central Pennsylvania

March 09, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s (L&I) Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) has approved two new apprenticeship programs in Dauphin and Lancaster counties. The new programs build on the governor’s commitment to expand job training opportunities for Pennsylvanians.

“Growing businesses across Pennsylvania need trained workers to fill vacancies and help their operations thrive,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Apprenticeships provide job seekers with paid on-the-job training in industries where employers are eager to hire highly skilled workers.”

The ATO recently approved a hybrid apprenticeship program for the Milton Hershey School for the occupation of Cook (Hotel and Restaurant). The hybrid apprenticeship will consist of a combination of time and performance measurement standards for each task or job requirement. This program is designed as a career pathway to other job opportunities.

The ATO also approved three apprenticeship occupations at Turkey Hill Dairy in Industrial Manufacturing Technician, Maintenance Mechanic, and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic.

“Apprenticeship programs are a great example of state agencies and local businesses working together to help meet regional employment needs,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Governor Wolf has proposed a first-of-its-kind $50 million investment in job training and the launch of PAsmart, to improve access to education, apprenticeships, and training programs for students and workers.”

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.

Since the ATO launched, 90 new apprenticeship programs have been created with 2,917 new apprentices, bringing the total number of registered programs to 757 and the total number of registered apprentices to 15,175 statewide.

Approved through the ATO, 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.

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

Visit ATO for more information about apprenticeship programs and the Apprenticeship and Training Office.

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