Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced the approval of new apprenticeship grants to Elsner Engineering Works, KLK Welding, and Utz Quality Foods in Hanover to fill the need of skilled workers for manufacturing positions that require specialized knowledge. The grant, awarded to Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, builds on the governor’s commitment to expanding job training opportunities for Pennsylvanians.
“In order to move our manufacturing sector to the next level, it is essential that our employers find skilled workers to fill their needs,” said Governor Wolf. “These new apprenticeship programs are a great example of government, business and organizations working together to strengthen our manufacturing sector and provide job seekers with paid on-the-job training in industries where employers are eager to hire highly skilled workers.”
The $99,000 grant will assist the companies with implementing its apprenticeship programs to fill the need for skilled machinists, welders, and industrial maintenance mechanics, respectively, in order to sustain and grow their business. All three employers are turning over 45 percent of their skilled workforce over the next eight years. It is important to create succession plans to identify positions that will require succession and work with universities, career and technology centers, and other organizations to identify possible successors.
“We appreciate Governor Wolf’s support of the Hanover Chamber Group Apprenticeship program,” said Gary Laird, president of the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our goal is to address local workforce needs by developing a talent pipeline model to fill high demand occupations in any industry.”
Apprenticeships are a key component of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative. PAsmart is expanding apprenticeships and job training in traditional and non-traditional occupations through the Wolf Administration’s Apprenticeship Training Office (ATO). The initiative encourages businesses, community colleges and other higher education providers to expand registered apprenticeships and work-based learning experiences for adults. It has also expanded the Department of Labor and Industry’s successful Industry Partnerships program, which connects similar businesses with educational and economic development partners to provide the job training.
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J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office, 717.783.1116
Casey Smith, DCED, 717.783.1132
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