Wolf Administration Backs Apprenticeship Program for Electricians

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Electrical Apprenticeship Corporation’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), which is working to fill the steadily growing need for electricians in construction. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.

“This administration has been steadfast in its commitment to strengthen Pennsylvania’s workforce. Programs like the one the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee has presented, are just as committed,” said Governor Wolf. “Their responsiveness to the growing demand for skilled workers is what will help push PA forward and continue to boost our economy.”

The grant will award $297,810 to assist the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee in producing skilled electricians for current and upcoming construction projects. These projects include but are not limited to work on the Shell “Cracker Plant” in Beaver, PA; several UPMC Specialty Hospital sites; and new AHS hospital off-site facilities.

With the new funding, the JATC will be able to increase enrollment to 135 first year apprentices for the 2019-2020 school year, giving them the opportunity to address Southwestern PA’s growing demand for commercial construction personnel, and providing more aspiring electricians with adequate training for life-long careers. On average, yearly first year apprenticeship enrollment ranges from 80-100 new students.

The JATC provides state of the art electrical training to ensure its apprentices are fully prepared for a career as electricians. Apprentices in the program attend electrical training school over a five-year period, while taking academic courses at Community College of Allegheny County in Math, English and Physics among other subjects. After successfully completing the five-year program, an apprentice will have earned an associate degree along with a Journeyman/Wireman ticket. They’ll also receive on-the-job training with area manufactures like Alcoa, US Steel, Clarion Boards, Domtar, Wabtec, T.P Panel, Crown Castle and Range Resources.

Classes are limited to 15 students per class, allowing for direct student contact, individual instruction (when necessary) and increased student interaction. The JATC covers all costs for apprentices including training school tuition, college courses, laptops, textbooks, and software.

“The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Electrical Apprenticeship Corporation’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee would like to extend a sincere thank you to Governor Tom Wolf for awarding our apprenticeship program a grant that will help us to continue to train skilled electricians for the Pennsylvania workforce,” said Paul Reinert, training director for the JATC. “As the director of training, I have worked hard to ensure that our program provides each apprentice with the knowledge and skills to become an asset to the electrical industry. Through this grant we will be able to continue providing materials and training on not only the basics of electrical work, but also new and ever-changing technologies.”

Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.

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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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