Senator John I. Kane Supports New Executive Order for Workforce Development and Economic Growth in Pennsylvania

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DELAWARE COUNTY, PA — Senator John I. Kane, minority chair of the Labor & Industry Committee, this week announced his support for Governor Shapiro’s signing of an Executive Order which focuses on expanding workforce development, spurring economic growth, and creating jobs in Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth Workforce Transformation Program (CWTP) provides grants to employers that hire and train new workers on IRA and IIJA projects in critical industries, promoting hiring from underserved communities including the unemployed and underemployed, the formerly incarcerated, and new entrants into the workforce.

“I am thrilled to see Governor Shapiro take a bold step towards investing in our workforce and creating good jobs for all Pennsylvanians. The Commonwealth Workforce Transformation Program is a significant opportunity for our blue-collar workers to receive on-the-job training and develop new skills, making them more competitive in the job market. I look forward to working with Governor Shapiro, my friends in Labor along with my colleagues to ensure the success of this program,” said Senator Kane in a statement.

The CWTP provides grants of up to $40,000 per new employee hired and trained in Pennsylvania, up to a maximum of $400,000 per contract or award under the IRA and IIJA. This program promotes workplace equity and economic development by encouraging new on-the-job training programs, supporting apprenticeship and other established programs, and rewarding those who maintain the highest workplace standards.

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