Wolf Administration: New Carpentry Apprenticeship Funding Available in Allegheny, Blair, and Lebanon Counties
February 07, 2020
Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for the Keystone + Mountain + Lakes (KML) Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund to assist in apprenticeship training at its three Pennsylvania training centers in Allegheny, Blair, and Lebanon counties. This funding will support the governor’s commitment to expanding job training-related opportunities throughout Pennsylvania.
“KML is ensuring that apprentices are receiving the latest technology training to make them competitive players in the carpentry field,” said Gov. Wolf. “My administration is eager to back programs like this that set up apprentices for career success and offer financial support while they receive high-quality training.”
The $297,000 grant will support KML’s efforts to increase worked-based opportunities for younger Pennsylvanians, offering four-year, paid, on-the-job training and classroom instruction at no cost to the apprentices. At the request of contractors, apprentices will train on the technology used in the field, which relies on iPads for various tools. The grant will help KML’s Pittsburgh, Duncansville, and Lebanon training centers provide iPads and hands-on training and foster strong partnerships with surrounding construction companies and contractors. Additionally, the funding supports new technology training for instructors and coordinators.
KML offers training in commercial carpentry, floor covering, pile driving/dock building, heavy highway construction, millwrighting, cabinetmaking, and millworking.
“Training apprentices on the latest technology in the carpentry field is crucial in KML Training Fund’s efforts to support the needs of the construction industry in Pennsylvania,” said KML Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund Director Dave Plutt. “We are one of several Training Funds within the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, and this grant allows us to continue providing cutting-edge training that produces a strong workforce with advanced skill sets here in our three Pennsylvania training centers.”
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.
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 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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