Governor Tom Wolf announced a total of $ 500,000 in funding for Workforce Solutions for the North Central PA and Rhoads Industries, across Pennsylvania Manufacturing training at the quarry (MTTC), enabling businesses to develop awareness programs about careers and opportunities within the state’s manufacturing industry and to help businesses identify and train a skilled workforce through targeted programs and services.
“Pennsylvania’s history is rooted in manufacturing and awareness of industry opportunities and training plays a major role in sustaining this historic strength while supporting growth,” Governor Wolf said. “As the industry continues to grow, more companies are looking to hire, and this funding helps prepare job seekers for well-paying careers in manufacturing. “
Workforce Solutions for North Central PA received $ 200,000 to launch an internship program aimed at addressing the challenges of regional manufacturing employers in finding a skilled workforce to fill entry-level and skilled positions. The internship program will help the region ensure that high school, college and technical students of all ages are familiar with the industry, as well as the career opportunities available, by providing a quality internship to 50 participants, with a goal to serve 50 employers in the manufacturing industry.
“We are delighted to be able to offer this internship opportunity to manufacturing companies in our region, including Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties. The internship program will help companies recruit for current and future job openings and attract interns to stay here to work, live and explore north central Pennsylvania, ”said Pam Streich, director acting executive. “Interns will receive a quality internship in addition to an introduction to the manufacturing industry, an awareness of career paths in the industry, as well as being exposed to all that our region has to offer. We are grateful to the Department of Community and Economic Development for this opportunity.
Rhoads Industries received $ 300,000 to develop and launch a regional workforce development pilot program in southeastern Pennsylvania, in partnership with the US Navy Shipbuilding Industrial Task Force and the Columbia Program Project Executive Office Class Submarine, to address the essential business pipelines and skills needed to further advance the U.S. Navy’s workforce recruitment, development and retention priorities. The Navy has not only demonstrated the need to improve the way it attracts and retains civilian workers as it grows and modernizes, but it has also expressed an equal and urgent need to offload working hours onto contractors. in order to carry out its maintenance and production guidelines.
“As a critical business supplier of naval submarines, surface vessels and test sites, Rhoads Industries is excited to be able to advance the Navy’s mission of developing workforce growth. operates out of our Philadelphia facility, ”said Randy McCullough, director of human resources at Rhoads Industries. “This pilot project will help industrial base employers accelerate essential trainings, establish pipelines and create a mechanism to accelerate the critical manufacturing infrastructure necessary for the targeted growth of Naval across the region.”
Governor Wolf’s PA Manufacturing Initiative was launched in October 2017 and has since funded 56 projects and invested over $ 12 million through the career training program. Career Training Grants support projects that result in short-term job readiness, placement, or advancement in manufacturing. The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career program works with local manufacturers to identify and teach missing essential skills to entry-level candidates seeking employment in the manufacturing sector, engaging young people or those who have obstacles to career opportunities in manufacturing and / or improving the capabilities of local or regional manufacturers. .
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