Wolf Administration Encourages Growth of Apprenticeship Programs to Boost Workforce, Businesses at Hanover Event
Hanover, PA – Today, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin and Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary Eileen Cipriani discussed Governor Wolf’s commitment to apprenticeship programs and the role they play in the development of a skilled workforce and the creation of jobs that pay, during the Hanover Chamber’ of Commerce’s Apprenticeship Day at Southwestern High School in Hanover, York County.
“Throughout the commonwealth, employers have reported difficulty in finding qualified candidates who meet their specific skills requirements,” said Davin. “Apprenticeships enable more Pennsylvania employers to develop the specialized training their workers need to close skills gaps in the workplace while also providing rewarding career pathways for pre-apprenticeship students and adults in apprenticeship programs.”
Apprenticeship programs are used to provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, highly skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover. The programs provide job seekers with increased skills and nationally-recognized credentials to support future career advancement and increased wages. It is estimated that for every dollar spent on apprenticeships, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity.
The Wolf Administration demonstrated its ongoing commitment to growing pre-apprenticeship programs and registered apprenticeships in the commonwealth through the establishment of L&I’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO). Since its establishment in March 2016, the ATO, which is responsible for providing outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices, has added 2,610 new apprentices and 81 new registered apprenticeship occupations statewide.
“Collaboration between business leaders, schools, and economic development organizations is critical to the growth of apprenticeship programs in the community,” said Cipriani. “The apprenticeship program conducted through the work of Hanover Chamber of Commerce and other local stakeholders is just one example of a program that is making a difference in the lives of workers and the success of businesses.”
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David Smith, DCED, 717-783-1132
Lindsay Bracale, L&I, 717-787-7530