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:

LWDB Funding
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
Northwest WDB $83,122
Partner4Work $146,138
Philadelphia Works, Inc. $730,065
Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board $220,137
SCPa Works $177,039
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.

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