Dawkins: Nearly $2.6 million in grants will expand Philadelphia job, workforce development opportunities

HARRISBURG, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, today announced that nearly $2.6 million in state grants will help expand registered apprenticeships and workforce development opportunities, and increase job-training opportunities for students and job seekers in Philadelphia.

The grants, which are part of the PAsmart initiative, will be used to identify local needs and connect students and other job seekers to Philadelphia industries, while helping those industries become more competitive.

“Apprenticeship programs are a great way for people to earn while they learn because these opportunities could turn into family-sustaining careers,” Dawkins said. “I have been partnering with local labor unions to host workshops designed to inform people about apprenticeship programs and I have received positive feedback. The Philadelphia House Delegation is united in pushing for more of these programs as part of our platform to get people to work and help reduce Philadelphia’s 26 percent poverty rate. These grants will help in our efforts.”

Award recipients are:

  • The Wistar Institute – $128,262
  • District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund – $495,950
  • Philadelphia Youth Network Inc. – $45,950
  • Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center – $40,000
  • Philadelphia Area Labor - Management Committee – $190,000
  • Philadelphia Works – $580,038
  • Labor Union 14 Joint Apprentice Committee Training Center – $70,000
  • Philadelphia Carpenters Joint Apprentice Committee - $50,346
  • Universal Audenried & GPHA – $149,780
  • First Up – $68,252
  • Philadelphia OIC – $149,986
  • JEVS Human Services – $150,000
  • Community College of Philadelphia – $210,000
  • School District of Philadelphia – $77,000
  • Tech Impact - $100,000
  • The Alliance for Media Arts Culture - $77,000

More information on the PAsmart initiative can be found at www.pasmart.gov.