Harrisburg — April 4, 2018 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) announced that six local organizations have received grant funding to improve and expand their apprenticeship programs and services.

“These grants are a great investment in the possibilities of Philadelphia’s workforce,” Farnese said. “I am pleased to see increased opportunities for good paying jobs expanding in our area.”

Grant funding was awarded to the following providers:

  • Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children – $49,600 capacity building grant
  • District 1199c – $85,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant, $50,000 capacity building grant
  • International Association of Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 19 – $62,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant, $45,495 capacity building grant
  • JEVS Human Services – $99,956.60 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant, $49,996 building capacity grant
  • Urban Technology Project – $75,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant, $45,495 capacity building grant
  • Zhang Sah – $45,495 capacity building grant

Approved pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship grant funding will be used by registered providers to improve and expand their job training programs. Capacity building grants will be used to develop the necessary infrastructure to provide apprenticeship programs through approved businesses, industry associations, career and technical centers, and other providers.

Farnese believes that investing in a variety of apprenticeship programs is essential to growing and improving a workforce as diverse as Philadelphia’s, as well as statewide.

“We live in a city and state full of diverse people, with diverse skills.  Apprenticeship programs are a vital source in helping individuals reach their full potential so they can enter an industry that best suits their skills,” said Farnese.

28 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grants and 33 capacity building grants were awarded statewide through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBS).