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Youth jobs in Pennsylvania and new initiatives

Posted on April 3, 2018

The number of youth jobs in Pennsylvania will possibly grow due to new initiatives.

Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak highlighted the importance of Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative to promote 21st century jobs and skills training during a Youth Day Summit at Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.

“Ensuring that workers have the training they need to advance their careers is why Governor Wolf proposed historic new investments in STEM, apprenticeships, and other workforce development initiatives,” said Secretary Oleksiak. “Training and career readiness initiatives like apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs provide job seekers with paid on-the-job training in industries where employers are eager to hire highly-skilled workers.”
Secretary Oleksiak addressed attendees at the Third Annual Youth Day Summit hosted by the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association (PWDA). The summit is attended by educators, training providers and workforce development professionals who work with youth. He discussed Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal to provide a first-of-its-kind $50 million strategic investment in job training, the launch of PAsmart and career building initiatives.
“By 2025, the governor wants 60 percent of Pennsylvanians to have some form of education and training after high school to meet the workforce demands of employers. Currently, less than 47 percent of Pennsylvanians have those necessary credentials,” added Secretary Oleksiak. “PAsmart promises strategic investment to improve access for Pennsylvania students and workers to education, training, and career readiness programs, including apprenticeship and work-based learning initiatives.”
Secretary Oleksiak was joined at the summit by L&I Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, PWDA, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Philadelphia Works, and local workforce development boards.
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