PA Awards Nearly $900,000 to Organizations Building Digital-Literacy Skills Among Workers

Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier announced awards totaling nearly $900,000 to connect Pennsylvania workers with the skills they need to effectively navigate the technology platforms used in today’s workplaces.

L&I selected 21 recipients for Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grants, which will help workers develop basic digital skills they need to apply for jobs and succeed in new careers.

“Technology used in the workplace will always evolve, so our workforce development strategies must also evolve to secure Pennsylvania’s competitive edge in the global economy,” Berrier said. “These grants empower local organizations to build skillsets within their labor force that employers expect workers to possess. When worker skillsets match employer demands, Pennsylvania’s communities and its overall economy grow stronger.”

This is a second round of digital-literacy funding that builds on $1.3 million awarded in April 2021 to support local programs that provide computer-skills training to help people find good jobs in Pennsylvania. Digital-literacy grants support the Commonwealth’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan and are 100 percent federally funded.