Governor Wolf Announces Revamped Pennsylvania Program to Confront Skills Gap, Bolster Job Training

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that $375,000 in Next Generation Industry Partnership seed grants has been awarded to 12 local workforce development boards across the commonwealth. The grants support the launch of new partnerships or transition existing industry partnerships to the Next Generation Sector Partnership model.

“These grants are helping to create jobs by bringing businesses together to provide the job training that local workers and employers need in that region,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The targeted investment is another example of the collaborations between my administration and workers, businesses and other economic development partners in order to provide a skilled workforce that businesses want to expand and grow in the commonwealth.”

These partnerships build on highly successful, nationally-recognized initiatives in Pennsylvania by combining the economic development concept of “cluster partnerships” that address the comprehensive needs of industry, with the workforce development model of “sector initiatives” that focus on addressing the specific training needs of the targeted industry.

“Acquiring industry-relevant skills is one of the key factors to success in today’s economy, for both employees and employers,” Department of Labor & Industry Acting Secretary Jerry Oleksiak said. “Next Generation Industry Partnerships will help ensure that employers, in collaboration with workforce and education providers, can deliver necessary skills training for high-demand occupations and create a robust pipeline of qualified talent.”

Next Generation Industry Partnerships put businesses at the center of a coordinated workforce and economic development system, that reacts to businesses’ defined opportunities and priorities for action.

“As we work with companies across the commonwealth to help them grow and thrive, we know that a strong workforce is the key to having a robust business climate,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “That’s why the Wolf Administration has placed strengthening our talent pool as a top business priority. These Next Generation Industry Partnerships are an excellent example of putting that priority into action.”

Award approvals and the industries that will be promoted include:

Berks County Workforce Development Board
$25,000
Advanced manufacturing

Central PA Workforce Development Corporation
$50,000 (two $25,000 grants)
Advanced manufacturing and health care

Chester County Workforce Development Board
$50,000 (two $25,000 grants)
Advanced manufacturing and business services

Delaware County Workforce Development Board
$25,000
Health care

Workforce Board Lehigh Valley
$50,000 (two $25,000 grants)
Advanced manufacturing, and logistics and transportation

Montgomery County Workforce Development Board
$25,000
Bio medical

Philadelphia Works
$25,000
Advanced manufacturing

Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board
$25,000
Advanced manufacturing

Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board
$50,000 (two $25,000 grants)
Advanced manufacturing, and logistics and transportation

Tri-County Workforce Development Board
$25,000
Health care

West Central Job Partnership
$25,000
Hospitality, leisure and entertainment