Governor Wolf Announces $2 Million Available for School and Business Partnerships to Expand Job Training

March 14, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today urged local workforce development boards (LWBDs) to apply for $2 million in Business-Education Partnership (BEP) grants that will connect businesses and school districts and lead to new career opportunities across Pennsylvania.

“This funding supports one of my key workforce development objectives to provide students with technical training to help them get good-paying, middle class jobs when they enter the workforce,” Governor Wolf said. “These business and education partnerships help students gain the 21st century skills they need to be successful, while also providing Pennsylvania employers with new generations of talented workers.”

A total of $2 million in funding is available through the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) to LWDBs to implement Business-Education Partnership programs. These programs help to increase awareness of in-demand technical careers for students, parents, guardians, teachers and school faculty. Each of the 22 statewide LWDBs are strongly encouraged to apply.

“Last year, nearly 9,000 young people throughout the commonwealth participated in Business-Education Partnership activities,” Governor Wolf added. “These opportunities provide students interested in exploring career and technical education opportunities with a solid first-work experience that puts them squarely on the path to future success.”

These partnerships connect schools, employers, and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing, and career mentoring, all with the goal of engaging more students in the need for technical skills required by employers.

“Governor Wolf has proposed a $50 million investment in job training and the launch of PAsmart, to improve access to education, apprenticeships and training programs for students and workers,” said Secretary Oleksiak. “This funding would include a $10 million increase to develop career and technical education, and career pathways to help students learn about what jobs are out there, and how to get them.”

The Business-Education Partnership grants are funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act.

Additional details and the grant application can be found on L&I’s website. The application deadline is April 11, 2018.

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