PA Labor & Industry Awards $2.5 Million to Programs Developing Student Pathways to Employment

Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier announced Schools-to-Work Program (STWP) grant awards totaling more than $2.5 million, created to develop and expand career pathways for high school students while also helping to eliminate barriers to employment.

With this grant funding, 11 registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs will enhance partnerships between schools, employers, organizations, and training centers across the commonwealth to prepare students for employment within targeted industries.

“Choosing a career path is one of the most difficult challenges high school students face, and it’s often complicated for many by a lack of resources connecting them to proper training,” Berrier said. “Schools-to-Work grants expand high school students’ access to family-sustaining careers and eliminate the barriers often associated with obtaining these jobs. On behalf of L&I, I applaud the local leaders and community partners committed to not only developing and maintaining a well-educated and highly-trained workforce, but also investing in young workers and their financial future.”

In this third round of STWP grant funding, workforce development programs and training centers received up to $250,000 to create career and post-secondary education opportunities for recent graduates through pre-apprenticeship programs. Specifically, these organizations will offer classroom training, workplace visits, internships, mentorships, job shadowing and externships for participating students.

The 2023 Schools-to-Work programs will operate from June 1, 2023, through May 30, 2025. The following STWP grant winners and the amounts they were awarded are detailed below.

Additional details about the Schools-to-Work Program can be found on L&I’s website.