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Administration Highlights Benefits of Apprenticeship Training
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 02/12/2018

Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani continued the Wolf Administration's 'Jobs that Pay' tour at Iron Workers Local Union No. 404 training facility in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, and discussed Governor Tom Wolf's proposal to provide new investments in workforce development and skills training.

"In order to grow and thrive in a 21st century economy, Pennsylvania businesses need well educated, highly-skilled workers," said Governor Tom Wolf. "We must continue to make strategic investments in our schools, workforce development initiatives, and jobs training programs in order to support our businesses, and continue to grow our economy."

After Deputy Secretary Cipriani toured the Iron Workers Local Union No. 404 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee Ironworker Apprenticeship program, she discussed Governor Wolf's 2018-19 budget proposal to provide a first-of-its-kind $50 million strategic investment in job training and the launch of PAsmart.

"The Wolf administration's PAsmart initiative realigns the commonwealth's workforce development system from K-12 education through career programs so students and workers gain the critical skills they need," said Deputy Secretary Cipriani. "Making additional investments in proven job creation programs like career and technical education centers, industry partnerships and apprenticeships, ensures that employers have access to a robust talent pipeline of work ready employees."

Deputy Secretary Cipriani was joined on the tour by several of the Iron Workers Local Union No. 404 program apprentices as she visited the welding lab, a rigging room and a steel erection area. Standards for the apprenticeship program were developed by the Iron Workers Local Union No. 404 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, which consist of labor and engineer employers, and employees.

"Our three-year Ironworkers apprenticeship program creates hardworking, highly-skilled craftsmen trained in every discipline of the Iron working trade," said Iron Workers Local Union No.404 Apprenticeship Coordinator Daniel Hoke. "We work closely with L&I's Apprenticeship and Training Office to refine our program standards and requirements to keep our members in step with the ever-changing construction industry."

Since Governor Wolf established the commonwealth's first Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016, the number of registered apprentices has increased 14.5 percent, from 13,282 registered apprentices to 15,208.

Located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Iron Workers Local Union No. 404 has been constructing bridges, hospitals, schools, power plants, roller-coaster rides and other structures in central Pennsylvania for more than 90 years. In partnership with numerous local contractors, Local 404 is dedicated to ensuring that projects are completed on time and without injury.

For more information about pursing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.

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