Wolf Administration Tours Sheet Metal Workers Training Facility, Highlighting Apprenticeships and Workforce Development

Pittsburgh, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined leaders from Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #12 for a tour of its training facility in Pittsburgh. The tour highlighted Governor Wolf’s commitment to strengthening the Pennsylvania workforce through apprenticeships.

“Organizations like the Sheet Metal Workers are key players in our efforts to get workers the skills they need to achieve family-sustaining careers in the trades,” Secretary Davin said. “The Wolf Administration has put an incredible emphasis on apprenticeships through initiatives like PAsmart, and the types of success stories coming out of this training facility are exactly what this administration hopes to expand across Pennsylvania.”

The Sheet Metal Workers’ training facility is used to train apprentices in the sheet metal trades, a skill area in high demand in southwestern Pennsylvania. Apprentices in the program complete 1,000 hours of classroom learning over five years, and can also take further elective work to obtain additional certifications. The Sheet Metal Workers’ goal is to train skilled tradesmen so apprentices can attain high-demand careers with family-sustaining wages.

Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #12 was recently approved for a $297,000 grant enabling the union to expand its apprenticeship program and support the training of 30 additional apprentices. Additionally, in 2017, the union received funding from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to construct a new training center that will further expand its capacity for training additional apprentices. The new training center is expected to start construction in early 2019.

“With the assistance of funding from the Wolf Administration, we are able to grow the number of apprentices we train and move forward with the construction of our new training center,” said Gregory D. Blose, business manager of Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #12. “This new facility will grow our ability to give our members the training they need to excel in the workforce.”

Apprenticeships are a key component of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, a new and innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and business to expand innovative job training in apprenticeships and other programs so workers get the skills they need to compete in the global economy. The $30 million initiative includes $7 million to increase support for apprenticeships, with the goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices by 2025.

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