Governor Wolf Announces Three New Apprenticeship Opportunities in Allegheny and Butler Counties

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced the approval of three apprenticeship grants to assist with the cost of necessary classroom training for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) apprentices in Allegheny and Butler counties. The funding, granted to Pelles Heating & Cooling Services, Inc., A-Air Company, Inc., and Techpro Building Services, will support the governor’s commitment to expanding job training opportunities throughout Pennsylvania.

“Apprenticeships provide a great opportunity to enter the workforce and get the necessary training that leads to family-sustaining jobs,” said Gov. Wolf. “This funding will enable these companies to build on the success of their training programs and empower workers while boosting Pennsylvania’s economy.”

The following grants were recently approved:

Allegheny County
A-Air Company, Inc. was approved for $49,500 over the next four years to support the training of five apprentices in the HVACR industry. Apprentices will learn the solid foundations of fundamentals and safety through a hands-on training experience. After successful completion of the program, apprentices will become journeymen and have a set career path in a good-paying job.

Techpro Building Services was approved for $49,500 over the next four years to support the training of five apprentices to help them excel in the HVACR industry. Apprentices will learn how to repair, install, and maintain HVACR equipment. After successful completion of the program, apprentices can graduate with a good-paying job, zero school debt, and become journeymen.

Butler County
Pelles Heating & Cooling Services, Inc was approved for $29,700 over the next four years. Apprentices will receive the necessary classroom and on-the-job training to gain skills and knowledge to help them excel in the HVACR industry. After successful completion of the program, apprentices will become journeymen with knowledge of the equipment they will be seeing in the field.

Apprenticeship programs provide access to career pathways and enable apprentices to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to compete in today’s economy. Classroom training is a required component of registered apprenticeship programs across Pennsylvania and complements traditional on-the-job training. The technical material taught in a classroom environment enables apprentices to learn fundamental concepts, terminology, procedures, safety requirements, and basic tools and instruments.

Apprenticeships are a key component of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, an innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and businesses to expand innovative job training in apprenticeships and other programs so workers get the skills they need to compete in the global economy.

The Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program is a statewide program that offers assistance to registered apprenticeship programs. The program’s goal is to increase apprenticeship availability to Pennsylvania employers to assist them with their talent recruitment and development.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office, 717.783.1116
Casey Smith, DCED, 717.783.1132

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