Apprenticeships for Pennsylvania jobs grow
Posted on March 4, 2018
More and more apprenticeships for Pennsylvania jobs are being created.
Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani continued the ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour today by announcing new opportunities for workers to get job skills training through expanded apprenticeships at Penn United Technologies Inc. in Butler County.
“Businesses are growing across Pennsylvania and they need highly-skilled workers to fill their 21st century jobs,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Apprenticeships like those at Penn United Technologies, help generate new talent pipelines for employers while also giving workers the training they need to earn good, family-sustaining wages.”
Cipriani toured Penn United Technologies Inc.’s operations and formally announced that the department’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) approved expanding the company’s existing apprenticeship training program with three new occupations: CNC Operator – Milling and Turning; Die Designer; and Quality Control Inspector. She also discussed Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal to provide a first-of-its-kind $50 million strategic investment in job training and the launch of PAsmart.
“Apprenticeship programs like this are a great example of state agencies and local businesses working together to help meet regional employment needs,” said Cipriani. “Which is why Governor Wolf has proposed historic new investments to improve access to education, apprenticeships and training programs for students and workers to build a 21st century workforce.”
The Wolf Administration established the Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) in 2016 to support and expand apprenticeships. Programs registered through the office provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, highly skilled workforce for employers, and to help reduce employee turnover. Job seekers receive increased skills and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages.
Since the ATO launched, 2,610 new apprentices and 81 new registered apprenticeship occupations statewide have been created, bringing the total number of registered programs to 750 and the total number of registered apprentices to 15,201 statewide.