Saxonburg, PA – Governor Wolf today toured the Western Pennsylvania Laborers’ Education and Training Center to highlight the importance of workforce training and careers in construction.
“These laborers are receiving the proper training and certifications to perform their jobs, and using technology to make themselves even more of an asset to the contractors who rely on them to complete jobs effectively, efficiently, and safely,” Governor Wolf said. “The laborers training center is an excellent blueprint for workforce training that is truly putting people to work across western Pennsylvania.”
Governor Wolf toured the center and met with 19 laborers training on OSHA regulations. Trainees learn about standards that should be adhered to on construction sites and how to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment. The 10-hour course is split into two six-hour days, per OSHA standards.
“The apprentices at Western PA laborers are required to put in hundreds of hours of training to be best prepared to work on projects that build highways and maintain the state’s infrastructure,” Governor Wolf said. “It was a pleasure to meet these hard-working members of Pennsylvania’s workforce.”
There are currently 34 courses at Western Pennsylvania offered to train laborers and apprentices in skills that give Pennsylvania contractors a competitive edge. Courses offered include topics such as concrete, asbestos, scaffolding, blueprint reading, and first aid.
Last year, the Wolf Administration established the Apprenticeship Training Office (ATO) to provide outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices.
Since its inception, the ATO has added 2,610 new apprentices and 81 new registered apprenticeship occupations statewide. Pennsylvania currently has 15,208 apprentices and 750 registered apprenticeship programs.
For more information on the Apprenticeship and Training Office, visit ATO.