SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 03, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces $3.5 Million for 61 Grants to Enhance Apprenticeships Economy, Education, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today continued his commitment to providing workers with the training they need to get good, middle-class jobs by announcing $3.5 million in grants to support pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs across Pennsylvania.“My PAsmart initiative is an innovative approach to building pathways that will offer greater prosperity for our workers and businesses,” said Governor Wolf. “Apprenticeships are incredibly important, as they connect the people who want to learn new career skills with the companies and industries that need highly trained employees. We propose to invest a total of $50 million in PAsmart, including $7 million to help double the number of registered apprentices in the commonwealth by 2025.”The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry awarded the grants through Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) across Pennsylvania. The grants provide funding for pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs, and help sponsoring organizations build capacity to improve and expand their programs.There were 28 grants totaling $2 million awarded to support pre-apprenticeship programs that are actively working with registered apprenticeship programs, or apprenticeship programs that are already registered in Pennsylvania.A total of $1.5 million was awarded for 33 capacity building grants. These grants are designed to support businesses, industry associations, chambers of commerce, training providers, career and technical centers, and intermediaries interested in sponsoring registered apprenticeship programs.Following is a list of grants awarded through LWDBs:Berks CountyIBEW Local 743 – $94,880 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grantBucks CountyChoice Careers, LLC – $45,495 capacity building grantCentral PennsylvaniaPennsylvania College of Technology – $49,523 capacity building grantTLC Construction and Renovations LLC – $30,100 capacity building grantLancaster CountyHigh Hotels – $50,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grantLancaster County WDB / Northeast Equipment Dealers Association – $60,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $45,495 capacity building grantLehigh ValleyB. Braun Medical Inc. – $85,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $41,430 capacity building grantCetronia Ambulance Corps – $45,495 capacity building grantLehigh Carbon Community College – $80,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grantLuzerne/Schuylkill Greiner Packaging – $75,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $45,495 capacity building grantThe Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce – $42,280 capacity building grantThe Hershey Company, Hazleton plant – $70,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $45,495 capacity building grantMontCo WorksAssociated Builders and Contractors Eastern PA – $50,000 capacity building grantCentral Montco Technical High School – $40,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grantFirst Quality Retail Services – $20,080 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $45,495 capacity building grantNTMA Philadelphia/Delaware Valley – $45,495 capacity building grantNorthern Tier Regional Planning and Development CommissionNorthern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission / Ward Manufacturing – $45,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $30,312 capacity building grantPhiladelphia WorksA Road to Success – Cosmetology and Barber Program – $56,080 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grantDelaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children – $49,600 capacity building grantDistrict 1199c – $85,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $50,000 capacity building grantFinishing Trades Institute – $80,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grantInternational Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local #14 – $75,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grantInternational Association of Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 19 – $62,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $45,495 capacity building grantInternational Union of Operating Engineers Local 542 – $45,495 capacity building grantJEVS Human Services – $99,956.60 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $49,996 building capacity grantPhiladelphia Carpenters JATC – $50,000 capacity building grantUrban Technology Project – $75,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $45,495 capacity building grantThe Wistar Institute – $85,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grantZhang Sah – $45,495 capacity building grantSCPa WorksHACC – $85,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grantHanover Area Chamber of Commerce – $45,495 capacity building grantHome Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg – $45,495 capacity building grantThe Manufacturer’s Association of Southcentral PA – $85,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $50,000 capacity building grantSouthwest CornerCommunity College of Allegheny County – $45,495 capacity building grantGerman American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Chapter – $50,000 capacity building grantKeystone Mountain Lake Regional Council of Carpenters – $70,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grantPartner 4 WorkCatalyst Connection – $50,000 capacity building grantFTI of Western PA – $43,833 capacity building grantThe University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Center – $45,495 capacity building grantNorth America’s Building Trade Union – $70,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grantTri-County Oberg Industries – $55,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $35,000 capacity building grantWestmoreland/FayetteFayette County Career and Technical Institute – $45,495 capacity building grantNew Century Careers – $100,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $50,000 capacity building grantPrivate Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette – $90,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grantWestern PA Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training – $85,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grantWestmoreland County Community College – $50,000 capacity building grantWestmoreland/Fayette WDB / Composidie Inc. – $60,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant“The Wolf Administration has made a concerted effort to meet the demands of Pennsylvania business to grow apprenticeships through the Apprenticeship and Training Office, but much more needs to be done,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “The governor’s PAsmart initiative recognizes that increasing opportunities for job training will result in a future workforce of highly trained and skilled employees.”The Wolf Administration established the Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) in 2016 to support and expand registered apprenticeship programs statewide. The office provides outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices.Since the ATO launched, 92 new apprenticeship programs have been created with 2,917 new apprentices, bringing the total number of registered programs to 759 and the total number of registered apprentices to 15,199 statewide.Approved through the ATO, apprenticeship programs are used to provide industry-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, highly-skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover. The program provides job seekers with increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.