Governor Wolf recently visited the former Bethlehem Steel plant to announce an exciting new initiative that will benefit Pennsylvanians and our state’s manufacturing industry. The Allentown Morning Call described the scene:
“In front of the backdrop of 19th century machinery at the National Museum of Industrial History, Wolf unveiled the Manufacturing PA initiative he says will get more innovation and skilled workers into factories.”
The Manufacturing PA initiative will support manufacturing by providing students and trainees with appropriate training programs that will prepare them for careers with higher pay and more opportunities for advancement. The initiative will also benefit employers by customizing training to fit their specific needs, which will produce more hireable talent.
The initiative includes three specific programs. They are:
- The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career Grant Program: This program will provide grants to Pennsylvania manufacturers who partner with technical and trade schools, Pennsylvania’s community colleges, and non-profit organizations to train skilled workers.
- The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program: This program seeks to leverage the talent at Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher learning and engage them in the manufacturing industry through a Manufacturing Fellows program.
- Industrial Resource Centers: These centers will expand their outreach initiatives to include small and medium-sized businesses and will continue to provide assistance to Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector
Governor Wolf emphasized that the goal of Manufacturing PA “is not just to bring manufacturing back, but bring Pennsylvania back.” He understands that investing in manufacturing will benefit the state as a whole by creating jobs and keeping Pennsylvania competitive in the global economy.