New PAsmart Apprenticeship Grants to Boost Northwest PA’s Industries

Governor Tom Wolf announced $467,000 in PAsmart grants for Northwest Pennsylvania as part of his PAsmart initiative. The grants will support the northwestern region’s plastics, advanced manufacturing, and building and construction industries with on-the-job training opportunities and private- and public-sector partnerships to help Pennsylvanians in this region gain the skills they need to succeed in the 21st-century economy.

“Our world is constantly changing with new businesses, new industries, and new technology. To keep up, we need a workforce development system that is just as innovative and flexible to prepare people for those emerging fields and careers,” Governor Wolf said. “These PAsmart grants will provide opportunities for students, workers and job seekers to gain the technical skills needed in growing industries in Northwestern Pennsylvania.”

The governor launched PAsmart last year to bolster STEM education, apprenticeships and job training.  The proposal expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative.  Governor Wolf’s goal is to develop innovative solutions that close the skills gap and rapidly meet the needs of employers.

The apprenticeship grants announced today support potential and existing programs to increase “earn while you learn” opportunities across Pennsylvania. The Industry Partnership grants will help to establish industry programs connecting workers and multiple employers in the same industry in a public-private partnership to provide job training.