Gov. Wolf Highlights In-Demand Trade Careers and Training for Students

March 29, 2019

Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited a career exploration event in Pittsburgh and encouraged 7th through 12th grade students to consider exciting careers in the construction and related industries. Expanding job training so people have the education and skills to compete for good jobs that grow the economy is a priority for the governor.

“The number of jobs in Pennsylvania has been at an all-time high and unemployment is at record lows,” said Governor Wolf. “Our economy is growing as many skilled workers are retiring. We need more young people to consider careers in the trades that offer good pay, great benefits and a rewarding life.”

The governor has traveled the commonwealth to hear from workers, business owners, and industry leaders about the best way to rebuild the middle class and improve job training so workers can compete for good careers.

Using those recommendations, the Wolf administration successfully launched PAsmart last year. The innovative strategy is investing $30 million to expand apprenticeships, job training and science and technology education.

“Apprenticeships give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to build a rewarding career and earn a good wage,” said Governor Wolf. “Registered apprenticeship programs provide students and workers with the hands-on experience needed for growing careers, while strengthening the pipeline of talented workers that businesses need.”

Building on PAsmart, the governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) creates opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. SWEAP expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to focus training on jobs that local businesses need.

The governor also created the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center to expand the collaboration between government and the private sector to address the skills gap and worker shortages. The departments of Community and Economic Development, Labor & Industry, and State will work with external leaders from the Chamber of Business and Industry, AFL-CIO and Team Pennsylvania to build the strongest workforce in the nation.

The Wolf administration created the Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016. The office has registered 138 new sponsors and 193 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices in Pennsylvania to 16,866 statewide.

The governor last year set a goal of doubling the number of apprentices in Pennsylvania by 2025.

The governor joined local officials and labor and business professionals today at the career exploration event held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

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