Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Programs in Western Pennsylvania
March 16, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s (L&I) Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) has approved two new apprenticeship programs in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. These programs underscore the governor’s commitment to increasing job training opportunities for Pennsylvanians.
“Apprenticeships provide paid, on-the-job training in industries where skilled workers are in extremely high demand,” said Governor Wolf. “To increase these life-changing opportunities for workers and help our businesses thrive, I’ve proposed a $50 million investment in job training and the launch of PAsmart. This first-of-its-kind initiative will improve access to apprenticeships and other training programs that will help fuel the continued growth of our workforce.”
In October 2017, the German American Chamber of Commerce registered their group non-joint apprenticeship program, which includes two occupations: Extruder Operator and Mechatronics Technician. The Chamber currently has six employers registered in their program and is continuing to expand.
Accurate Marking and Manufacturing registered their Individual Non-Joint apprenticeship program in November 2017 for the Machinist occupation. This is a competency based program with related technical instruction provided by the National Tooling and Machining Association.
“Apprenticeship programs are the result of what can be accomplished when state agencies and local businesses work together to help meet regional employment needs,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Targeted funding from the PAsmart initiative will support youth pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship experiences, as well as adult apprenticeship programs at the postsecondary level. Our goal is to double the number of registered apprentices in Pennsylvania by 2025.”
The Wolf Administration established the ATO in 2016 to support and expand registered apprenticeship programs statewide. The office provides outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices.
Since the ATO launched, 90 new apprenticeship programs have been created with 2,917 new apprentices, bringing the total number of registered programs to 757 and the total number of registered apprentices to 15,175 statewide.
Approved through the ATO, apprenticeship programs are used to provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, highly-skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover. The program provides job seekers with increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.
Visit ATO for more information about apprenticeship programs and the Apprenticeship and Training Office.