July Jobs That Pay Update: Launching PAsmart, Supporting PA Workers, Empowering Municipalities
By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf
July 17, 2018
This month, the commonwealth reached a major economic milestone as Governor Tom Wolf made the first deposit to the state’s reserves in nearly a decade, secured $30 million for his first-of-its-kind investment in workforce development, and raised the minimum wage for state employees.
Apprenticeships with PAsmart
Building on his PAsmart initiative, Governor Wolf announced additional investments in apprenticeship programs and signed an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to deliver workforce development services to Pennsylvanians. Apprenticeships with the School District of Philadelphia and heavy equipment operation training with PA Heavy & Highway were among the many opportunities announced this month.
Supporting Pennsylvania Workers
Governor Wolf took significant steps to keep the Keystone State a competitive place to work, including increasing pay for state employees to no less than $12 an hour, announcing enhanced employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and funding manufacturing training for individuals with language barriers.
This month, Governor Wolf took significant steps to provide municipalities new tools to help increase redevelopment opportunities and reduce the threats of abandoned properties by signing bills aimed at eradicating blight throughout Pennsylvania’s communities.
In addition, the governor announced $31 million to support traffic signal upgrades in 70 municipalities across the commonwealth, increasing safety and mobility.
Highlights from June – July 2018
- Governor Wolf Announces New Student Apprenticeship Opportunities with the School District of Philadelphia
- Governor Wolf Signs Legislation to Combat Neighborhood Blight
- Governor Wolf’s Employment First Policy to Help People with Disabilities Find Work Becomes Law
- Governor Wolf Approves Funding to Help Berks County Job Seekers Overcome Work Barriers and Attain Manufacturing Careers
- Bipartisan Budget Bolsters Economy, Workforce through Education, Skills Training
- Following Budget Passage, Gov. Wolf Launches PAsmart with New Investments in Job and Skills Training
- Governor Wolf Announces $1 Million in PLCB Grants for Developing, Promoting Pennsylvania Wines
- Governor Wolf Raises the Minimum Wage for Commonwealth Workers, Calls on Legislature to Act
- Pennsylvania Increases Consumer Protections, Criminalizes Skimmer Device Possession and Use
- Wolf Administration Makes First Investments in Expanding Vanpool Options for Workers, Persons with Disabilities
- Governor Wolf Signs Executive Order to Improve Job, Skills Training as Part of PAsmart Initiative
- Governor Wolf Announces New Loan Approvals, Supporting Small Business Expansion and 125 Manufacturing Jobs
- Governor Wolf Announces Traffic Signal Improvements to Benefit 70 Municipalities Statewide
- Governor Wolf Makes $22 Million Deposit into Rainy Day Fund, First in Nearly a Decade
- Governor Wolf Announces $2 Million to Retain More Teachers, School Leaders
- Governor Wolf: Apprenticeships, Job Training Expanding with PAsmart Initiative
- Veterinary Board Acts on Governor Wolf’s Job Licensing Reform
- Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Opportunities for Construction and Heavy Equipment Operation in Western Pennsylvania
Highlights from Instagram
Last week, Frances welcomed @pa_ovr’s new class of interns to the @pagovernorsresidence. As part of my Employment First Executive Order, this program connects students with disabilities with paid summer employment opportunities at commonwealth agencies – and today, I signed legislation that codifies Employment First into law. Ensuring that our communities and workplaces are inclusive spaces benefits all Pennsylvanians, and my administration is committed to increasing opportunities for Pennsylvanians of all abilities.
It was great to be in York yesterday to announce the next phase of my #PAsmart workforce development initiative. To make in-demand jobs more accessible to Pennsylvanians, we’re investing $30 million in industry-driven education and training. In addition to this investment, PAsmart is cutting red tape to better meet the needs of employers and workers. With PAsmart, we can increase opportunity and grow the economy for everyone. Click the link in my bio to learn more.