Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Funding in Philadelphia

December 27, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers JAC Local Unit 14. (IAHFIAW), whose training center is dedicated to building professionals with expertise, character, and a sense of teamwork. The funding will support the governor’s commitment to expanding job training related opportunities throughout Pennsylvania.

“It is critical that we invest in the future of Pennsylvania’s workforce by helping industries and organizations bring on, train, and grow new talent,” said Gov. Wolf. “Since taking office, my administration has been committed to supporting the training and development opportunities that will shape the future of workplaces across the commonwealth.”

The $49,500 grant will support recruitment methods, including job fairs in the community and local schools, as well as open house job fairs at the IAHFIAW JAC (LU14) Training Center. The program will recruit and train apprentices in mechanical insulation, firestopping, and asbestos abatement. The center has trained registered apprentices since 1969 with 85 percent of apprentices completing the program and 100 percent being placed in careers. The training center is overseen by a joint committee consisting of representatives from the Contractors Association and the Local Union 14.

“The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers JAC (LU14) is very excited to be awarded the commonwealth,” said Ed Krawczyk, Administrator, IAHFIAW JAC (LU14) Training Center. “This grant will help us further utilize the funding for opportunities for training our future apprentices in the Insulation Industry.”

Apprenticeship programs provide key access to career pathways and enable apprentices to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to compete in today’s economy. Classroom training is a required component of registered apprenticeship programs across Pennsylvania and complements traditional on-the-job training. The technical materials taught in a classroom environment enables apprentices to learn fundamental concepts, terminology, procedures, safety requirements, and basic tools and instruments.

Apprenticeships are a key component of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, an innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and businesses to expand innovative job training in apprenticeships and other programs so workers get the skills they need to compete in the global economy.

The Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program is a statewide program that offers assistance to registered apprenticeship programs. The program’s goal is to increase apprenticeship availability to Pennsylvania employers to assist them with their talent recruitment and development.

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