November Jobs That Pay Update: Preparing PA for Tomorrow’s Economy
By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf
November 30, 2017
We all know the jobs of tomorrow will require new technical and manufacturing skills. And Pennsylvania is prime to meet the demands of tomorrow’s economy. That’s why this month, Governor Tom Wolf continued to highlight how new workforce training and education programs can help bridge the skills gap.
From innovative workforce training centers to an 150-year-old company, Governor Wolf continued to create new partnerships that will enable more employers to develop specialized training programs, raising the total number of registered apprentices to 15,201 statewide. Governor Wolf also announced statewide efforts to employ more veterans in the utility workforce.
Computer Science Education
Over the next decade, 71 percent of new jobs will require computer science skills. This month, Governor Wolf proposed establishing computer science standards across the commonwealth to ensure all students have the skills necessary for emerging high-demand jobs in technology.
Governor Wolf applauded national and international companies, such as Berkshire Hathaway GUARD in Wilkes-Barre, Alpla Inc. in Northampton County, and Highwood USA in Luzerne County, on their plans to expand in Pennsylvania and together create more than 400 Pennsylvanian jobs.
Finally, an update from Western PA: Shell Chemical’s ethane cracker plant in Beaver County began official construction in November.
Highlights from November 2017
- Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 285 New Jobs Through Expansion of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre
- Governor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support 23 Small Business Projects and Nearly 400 New Jobs
- Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Holds Roundtable Discussion in Northwestern Pennsylvania
- Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Highwood USA, Creation of 58 New Jobs
- Governor Wolf Announces New Effort to Bolster Solar Energy in Pennsylvania
- Wolf Administration Teams with PUC and Utilities to Highlight Efforts to Grow Veterans in the Utility Workforce
- Governor Wolf Announces New Project Approval for Pipeline Investment Program Project to Create Jobs and Bring Natural Gas Energy to More Than 115 Properties
- Governor Wolf Announces Approval for 227 Community Improvement, Transportation, and Environmental Protection Projects
- Governor Wolf Announces New Solar Grant Program and Approvals of Solar Energy and Building Pennsylvania Projects
- Community Development Projects Announced for Allegheny, Montgomery Counties
- Governor Wolf Announces New Approvals Supporting Seven Business in Our Sites Projects Statewide, Projected to Create More Than 3,300 Jobs
- Governor Wolf Proposes ‘Computer Science For All’ Standards for PA Schools
- Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 59 New Northampton County Manufacturing Jobs Through Expansion of Alpla Inc.
- Governor Wolf Visits Appvion Spring Mill, Highlighting the Importance of Apprenticeships in Rural Areas
- Governor Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force Stops in Montgomery County
- Governor Wolf Tours Western Pennsylvania Laborers’ Education and Training Center
- Pennsylvania Remediates Three Former Industrial Sites
- Pennsylvania Establishes New Apprenticeship Program
- Pennsylvania Revives Solar Initiatives to Boost Clean Energy Jobs
Highlights from Instagram
From our largest cities to our most rural towns, PA’s apprenticeship programs are equipping the next generation of workers with the skills they need to succeed in our economy. I was in Western PA yesterday touring the Appvion Spring Mill in Blair County and the Western PA Laborers Education and Training Center in Butler County, both of which provide trade and construction training opportunities. Apprenticeships are helping to train our workforce not only for the jobs we have available, but for successful and family-sustaining careers. It was a pleasure to meet these hard-working members of Pennsylvania’s workforce.
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