Governor Wolf Visits Webjunto, Highlighting the Importance of Apprenticeship

Philadelphia, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf visited Webjunto to meet with employees and apprentices from the Urban Technology Project (UTP) to highlight the importance of workforce training and job creation.

“It’s a proven fact that apprenticeship programs give job seekers a competitive edge by providing them with practical, hands-on job experience,” Governor Wolf said. “Today was a great opportunity to visit an employer that understands the benefits of supporting targeted training opportunities by employing apprentices of the UTP program and to hear firsthand how both the employer and employee benefited from this great program.”

UTP is a pre-apprenticeship /apprenticeship model that promotes an IT career pipeline and is supported through the Department of Labor and Industry, Communities in Schools of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Works, the School District of Philadelphia, private companies, and donations. Webjunto currently provides an on-the-job apprenticeship position to UTP.

Approved through the Department of Labor & Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office, 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. It’s estimated that for every dollar spent on apprenticeships, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity

The Wolf Administration established the ATO last year to be responsible for providing outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices. To date, the ATO has added 15,023 new apprentices and 746 new registered apprenticeship occupations statewide.

For more information on the Apprenticeship and Training Office, visit ATO.