FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2018
Wolf Administration Highlights
Investments in Apprenticeships During Visit to Steamfitters Local 449
of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak
today toured the Steamfitters Local Union 449's Technology Center in
Harmony, Butler County and discussed Governor Tom Wolf's PAsmart initiative to
increase job and skills training for Pennsylvania workers and
make the strategic investments in education and training programs that
create the skilled talent pipeline employers require to
succeed and thrive," said Secretary Oleksiak.
"Growing and expanding apprenticeship and training programs provides
employers with well-trained workers while helping job seekers gain the
valuable skills they need to obtain family-sustaining jobs."
Oleksiak toured Local 449's new, $18.5 million,
state-of-the-art training facility to learn about its recently expanded
apprenticeship programs. Local 449 embarked on an expansion project, in
part, to help train new pipe welders for the natural gas industry. Oleksiak also met with nearly 60 apprentices as they
developed skills in process piping, welding, HVAC, and rigging.
his visit, Oleksiak discussed the ways in which
Governor Wolf has made employability and workforce training including
career and technical education, STEM, and computer science, a hallmark of
his Administration. In his 2018-19 budget, the
governor proposed PAsmart as a new workforce
development initiative to improve coordination and services across
PAsmart would invest an
additional $7 million in apprenticeship programs, with the goal of doubling
the number of registered apprentices in the commonwealth by 2025. The Wolf
Administration established the Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) in
2016 to support and expand registered apprenticeship programs statewide.
Since the ATO launched, 92 new apprenticeship programs have been created
with 2,917 new apprentices, bringing the total number of registered
programs to 759 and the total number of registered apprentices to 15,199
built our new 75,000 square-foot facility to help increase our training
capacity and to expand our existing apprenticeship program, which trains
workers for free," said Steamfitters Local Union 449 Business Manager Ken
Broadbent. "Our goal is to produce the most educated, qualified and
productive workers to help meet local employer demand, including providing
workers for the new Shell ethane cracker plant in southwestern
Local Union 449 was established in 1913. They represent nearly 2,700
union-trained steamfitters and are affiliated with the United Association
of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of
the United States and Canada. Members are highly trained craftsmen who
fabricate, install and service piping systems.
information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any
stage of life, visit PAsmart.
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