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    Bucks County among recipients of PAsmart apprenticeship grants within building and construction trades

    Bucks County is among the recipients of recently announced awards for 14 Pennsylvania apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs within the building and construction trades. 

    “Throughout history, apprenticeships have been a vital part of career education in certain fields,” Governor Wolf said. “Through these important grants, we are offering more Pennsylvania workers opportunities to train for family-sustaining jobs while helping businesses develop a workforce that will strengthen our economy and the communities most in need.”   

    Each of the 14 potential or currently registered apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship programs will use this grant funding to develop diverse talent pipelines, reach underrepresented populations, and expand workforce development opportunities across 55 counties in Pennsylvania.

    “Apprenticeship offers workers the opportunity to advance their careers while earning a paycheck, and it empowers employers to develop the specific skills they need among their employees to be successful in a dynamic economy. We need to make sure this workforce development model is accessible to workers of all backgrounds,” Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. “Giving all Pennsylvanians the opportunity to earn wages while learning in-demand skills is a major step toward achieving diversity, equity and inclusion among the commonwealth’s workforce.”

    The grants, offered through L&I’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO), are part of Governor Wolf’s PA Statewide Movement for Accountability, Readiness and Training (PAsmart) framework, created to better align education, workforce and economic development initiatives and funding. 

    Established in 2016, the ATO works to support and expand registered apprenticeship programs statewide. The office provides outreach, education and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices and aims to extend the apprenticeship model to non-traditional occupations. The ATO currently supports more than 17,000 active apprentices, more than 1,500 active occupation-specific apprenticeship​s and 94 occupation-specific pre-apprenticeship programs around the commonwealth. 

    Apprentice Training for the Electrical Industry | $394,383

    BUCKS, CHESTER, DELAWARE, MONTGOMERY AND PHILADELPHIA COUNTIES

    Apprentice Training for the Electrical Industry (ATEI), in partnership with public-school districts in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, will offer “Rosie’s Girls” – a program designed to familiarize young women with safety, tool familiarization, theoretical basics of electrical and telecommunications installation, jobsite conditions, as well as an introduction to other career paths in the building and construction trades.

    Asbestos Workers Local Union No. 14 (dba International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers JAC (LU14) Training Center) | $200,000

    BUCKS, CHESTER, DELAWARE, MONTGOMERY AND PHILADELPHIA COUNTIES

    The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (IAHFIAW) JAC (LU14) Training Center will expand upon current programs and build their capacity to increase participation of women, veterans, and other underserved populations in their registered apprenticeship program. 

    Bucks County Community College | $400,000

    Bucks County Community College’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD) will develop and implement a Building and Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program. CWD will partner with the Bucks County Workforce Development Board, local unions and companies to better serve the community by providing the training necessary for graduates to matriculate into partnering registered apprenticeship programs and high-paying family-sustaining careers. This project will train four cohorts of eight students each, for a total of 32 students. 

    County of Bucks Department of Workforce and Economic Development | $400,000

    The pre-apprenticeship model will include the three Bucks County Career & Technical Centers (CTC) schools:  Bucks County Technical High School (BCTHS), Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT), and Upper Bucks County Technical School (UBCTS). Five construction/trade pre-apprenticeship programs will be designed and registered as pre-apprenticeships. An electrical pre-apprenticeship program will be created in the fall of 2022, followed by a plumbing pre-apprenticeship program in the spring of 2023. Three additional pre-apprenticeship programs will be registered in the fall of 2023 – carpentry, welding and HVAC. About 300 high school students will participate as pre-apprentices during these two school years.

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