Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Opportunities in Luzerne County

January 24, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $297,000 in new funding to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 163 Jointly Operated Apprenticeship Training Program (JATC). The funding will build on the governor’s commitment to expanding job training opportunities in Pennsylvania.

“Organizations like IBEW are key players in my administration’s efforts to provide students and workers with the skills they need to achieve family-sustaining careers in the trades,” said Gov Wolf. “This project will help create apprenticeship opportunities across several counties that will have an immediate and lasting impact.”

The funding will support JATC in developing workforces in Luzerne County and parts of Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming counties by financing salaries and wages of the training director and instructors, training materials and equipment, and administration for 30 apprentices in the IBEW Local 163 JATC’s Electrical Journeyman Apprenticeship Program. Apprentices in the program will complete 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and nine hours of classroom-related instruction over five years. Upon completion of the training program, participants can become an electrical journeyman wireman earning $36 per hour or more with benefits. Apprentices also have the opportunity to earn college credits throughout the training.

“We are thrilled to partner with DCED to create more economic opportunities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Through this project, 30 apprentices will develop new workforce skills by participating in exceptional-quality classroom and technical instruction while earning $12 to $13 per hour. When they complete the five-year program, they can earn $36 per hour or more with good benefits,” said John T. Nadolny, Training Director, IBEW Local 163 JATC. “Our apprentices are able to achieve their goals of a productive and rewarding career with opportunities for continued growth.”

Apprenticeship programs provide critical 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 material taught in a classroom environment enables apprentices to learn fundamental concepts, terminology, procedures, safety requirements, and basic tools and instruments.

“The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s investment in IBEW Local 163 JATC’s Electrician Apprenticeship Program will support the continued economic revitalization of Luzerne County and beyond while also strengthening our regional training program for the next generation of electricians and creating opportunities for the local workforce to thrive,” said State Senator John T. Yudichak.

“This grant will support economic opportunity and growth in the greater Nanticoke area,” said State Representative Gerald Mullery. “With the support from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, IBEW Local 163 JATC will prepare apprentices to become Electrical Journeymen using the latest equipment and training methods.”

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 to assist registered apprenticeship programs. The program’s goal is to increase apprenticeship availability to Pennsylvania employers to help with talent recruitment and development.

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