Governor Wolf: 1,000 Students to Get On-the Job Experience at Local Employers
February 22, 2019
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf continued his commitment to provide students and young adults with the work experience opportunities to succeed in college or start their careers. Today the governor announced $4.4 million for local summer internship programs.
“These funds will provide at least 1,000 young Pennsylvanians with paid work experiences to help them develop the job skills they need to succeed in our 21st century economy,” said Governor Wolf. “The State/Local Internship Program (SLIP) provides for summer internships with local employers across the commonwealth to give program participants the real-world work experience they need to pursue future employment opportunities.”
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) provided SLIP funding to all 22 Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) that submitted proposals. The program, funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), helps young adults develop workforce preparation skills helps and provides participants with their first work experience.
The 2019 SLIP will operate for an eight-week period between May 6 and August 30, 2019. The program will offer wages at a minimum of $10.35 an hour for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 years.
Following is a list of the 22 LWDBs that received SLIP funds:
|Berks County Workforce Development Board||$59,602|
|Bucks County Workforce Development Board||$217,663|
|Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board||$390,344|
|Chester County Workforce Development Board||$28,893|
|Delaware County WDB||$130,636|
|Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board||$106,221|
|Lancaster County WDB||$109,718|
|Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board||$415,306|
|Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board||$317,963|
|Montgomery County WDB||$106,088|
|North Central Workforce Development Board||$430,971|
|Northern Tier Workforce Development Board||$94,778|
|Philadelphia Works, Inc.||$730,065|
|Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board||$220,137|
|Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board||$221,841|
|Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board||$94,358|
|Tri-County Workforce Development Board||$53,112|
|West Central Workforce Development Board||$141,632|
|Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Development Board||$124,372|
“These funds will allow us to expand opportunities for youth employment with public sector, for-profit and non-profit employers, and establish exciting career paths for young adults,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Governor Wolf wants to build the strongest workforce in the nation and has proposed additional funding for his PAsmart initiative to further improve access to education, apprenticeships and training programs for students and workers.”
The SLIP funding to encourage internship opportunities is in addition to Governor Wolf’s recent budget request for additional funding for the PAsmart initiative. PAsmart grants will encourage partnerships with private industry throughout Pennsylvania with on-the-job training, and also support science and technology education in fast growing careers.
The 2019 SLIP is 100 percent funded through federal money made available from WIOA.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.