Creating good jobs: Apprenticeship grants available

I believe strongly that we need to do a much better job providing a path to employment and family-sustaining careers for all young people, whether you go to college or not.  Fighting for this has been a top priority since I got to Harrisburg.

That is why I introduced legislation (H.B. 1522) that would encourage investments in our youth when they enter high school. My bill urges schools and local businesses to provide young people with work-based learning opportunities, apprenticeships and jobs.

Along those lines, I am thrilled that the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development started offering grant opportunities that support this effort through its Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program. 

This program gives assistance to registered pre-apprentice and apprenticeship programs, with a goal of increasing apprenticeship availability to help Pennsylvania employers. The grants can be used to cover expenses related to the instruction that complements on-the-job learning.

Proposals will be accepted from:

  • Single employers or employer consortiums
  • Workforce development boards
  • Economic development organizations
  • Labor organizations
  • Local career technical education institutions
  • Community colleges
  • Community organizations or associations

Talk to your colleagues at your job to see if they can step up to this important program, or get together with your civic association and see how you can participate.

Click here to learn how to register your apprenticeship to be eligible for the Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program.