PA makes $200,000 Investment for Job Training with Manufacturers in Southwestern PA

Governor Tom Wolf announced $200,000 in funding for Catalyst Connection, through Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Training-to-Career (MTTC) program, to develop the Essential Skills for Manufacturing (ESM) entry-level training program supporting the expansion and hiring needs of small- and medium-sized manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania.

“My administration is focused on eliminating barriers to good-paying jobs and creating pathways to connect job seekers with permanent employment,” said Gov. Wolf. “The new funding announced today will help entry-level workers gain the critical skills they need, allow them to engage directly with employers, and help them grow into their future careers.”

MTTC helps bring awareness to careers and opportunities within the state’s manufacturing industry and supports companies in identifying and training a skilled workforce through targeted programs and service.

Through the “Making Your Future Skills Essential” ESM program, 10 employers will engage with 20 trainees to provide career awareness and pre-employment training for job seekers in communities near the partner employers. Program content will be based on real-time feedback from employers regarding their requirements for entry-level skills, with no prior work experience. The curriculum will be compiled from existing training modules, with additional new content developed based on employer needs, and will be delivered via an existing Learning Management System (LMS). Internships will be offered to the job seekers that demonstrate the motivation and desire to gain the basic skills required as well as the on-the-job training that will ultimately prepare them for permanent, family-sustaining jobs in advanced manufacturing. The program will ultimately place 20 interns and create 40 jobs.

“The ESM training program addresses a critical need of employers for workers that have the desire to expand their basic employability and mechanical aptitude skills,” said Petra Mitchell, President and CEO of Catalyst Connection. “We are grateful to the MTTC program for enabling Catalyst Connection to augment our portfolio of workforce development programs to include this new training and enhance our support for manufacturing in our community.”