L&I Announces $6.6 Million in PAsmart Grants Available to Expand Apprenticeships

L&I Announces $6.6 Million in PAsmart Grants Available to Expand Apprenticeships

HARRISBURG, PA — The PA Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak announced nearly $6.6 million in PAsmartOpens In A New Window Apprenticeship grants is available to help more workers “earn while they learn” and gain the hands-on skills for good jobs in high-growth industries.

“Building the strongest workforce in the nation requires strategic investments that generate more education and job training opportunities, like these new PAsmart grants,” said Secretary Oleksiak. “These grants support Governor Tom Wolf‘s goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices in the commonwealth by 2025 by providing job seekers with the on-the-job training and credentials that they and their employers need to thrive.”

The apprenticeship grants are part of $40 million that Governor Wolf secured for PAsmart, an innovative education and workforce development initiative. L&I also recently announced that applications are being accepted for nearly $4.6 million in Next Generation Industry Partnership grants. The Department of Education is accepting applications for $20 million in PAsmart grants to increase K-12 computer science and technology education.

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Apprenticeships help workers to learn skills while earning a paycheck. PAsmart Apprenticeship grants build a diverse talent pipeline into the building and construction trades; expand registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships in non-traditional industries with an emphasis on health care, manufacturing, and information technology; and support registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships through ambassador networks across the commonwealth.

Eligible applicants include organizations that serve as sponsors or intermediaries of registered apprenticeships including businesses, community-based organizations, economic development organizations, industry associations, labor organizations, local education agencies, local workforce development boards, nonprofit organizations, post-secondary institutions, public libraries, and STEM ecosystems.

Expanding apprenticeships is a priority for the Wolf Administration. The Apprenticeship and Training Office was created at L&I in 2016 and has registered 160 new program sponsors and 233 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 18,366 statewide.

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The deadline to apply is January 10, 2020.

Grant materials, requirements and information about the bidder’s webinars are available on DLI’s website. Visit PAsmart‘s website to learn more about this initiative.

Source: PA Department of Labor & Industry

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