State offers new apprenticeship grants

Businesses can apply for grants to help offset the costs of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs under a new program being offered by the state.

The grant program, facilitated through the Department of Community and Economic Development, is open to entities like employers, employer consortiums, workforce development boards, economic development organizations, labor organizations, career tech schools and Pennsylvania community colleges that have state-registered apprenticeship programs.

Grant recipients can use the money toward instructor salaries, training materials and similar expenses.

“The expansion of our apprenticeship programs provides Pennsylvania companies and our workforce with a competitive edge,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a news release Wednesday. “The creation of this new program reinforces our commitment to providing job seekers with hands-on training and helps to create a pipeline of highly-skilled talent for employers.”

About 750 apprenticeship programs are currently registered with the state.

Pennsylvania is funding the grant program through money reclaimed from businesses and organizations that received state support over the years but failed to meet job numbers, capital investments or other requirements of their contracts.

DCED is currently accepting grant applications. More information is available on the department’s website.

Jennifer Wentz
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