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Funding to create manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania

Posted on May 2, 2019

A new round of funding will go towards supporting manufacturing job in Pennsylvania.

Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for the Erie Regional Manufacturer Partnership (ERMP) to support WorkAdvance, a short-term job training program that will address the needs of manufacturers and create a job-ready workforce in the Erie County region. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.

“Our administration reaffirms its commitment to support programs like WorkAdvance to provide manufacturers with a stronger pipeline of workers and create pathways to family-sustaining jobs in the manufacturing industry,” Governor Wolf said. “ERMP’s program will provide manufacturers with a larger pool of entry-level talent and workers with greater opportunities for career advancement.”

The grant will provide $200,000 to ERMP, which will partner with the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College, NWPA Job Connect/PA, CareerLink, Northwest Industrial Resource Center, Greater Erie Community Action Committee, and the Erie county Career Pathway Alliance to offer WorkAdvance. WorkAdvance is a manufacturing training program that includes foundational career coaching, workplace and technical skills training, and employment placement assistance.

The program will include both classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Participants will earn a paycheck as they go through the course. ERMP has a goal of recruiting and training three cohorts of 10 participants. Area manufacturers involved include American Turned Products, Custom Engineering, Econ Concrete & Steel, Erie Press Systems, Erie Strayer, Eriez Magnetics, FMC Technologies, GE Transportation, Industrial Sales & Mfg., Knox Western, Lord Corporation, Machining Concepts Inc., Maple Donuts, McInnes Rolled Rings, Modern Industries, PSB Industries, Reddog Industries/PHB Incorporated, and Zurn Industries.

“Manufacturing remains a strong contributor to Erie’s regional economy. The ERMP promotes collaboration amongst manufacturers, educators, workforce development professionals, and other leaders to align efforts and create a mechanism for ongoing dialogue,” said John Stull, chair and president of ERMP. “This funding will help strengthen the talent pipeline, filling openings with an increased sense of urgency. We would like to thank Governor Wolf for this opportunity and support to continue ERMP’s mission to develop highly trained, skilled and credentialed prospects for employment today and in the future.”

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