Gov. Wolf: PAsmart is Creating the Skilled Workforce that Businesses Need

first_img PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – After delivering on his bold budget plan to invest in education and job training for Pennsylvania workers, Governor Tom Wolf today visited Phoenix Contact USA near Harrisburg to highlight how his PAsmart initiative is expanding apprenticeships and other job training opportunities.“PAsmart is investing in training people to have the skills and experience that growing businesses need to thrive,” said Governor Wolf. “By closing the training gap, we can ensure workers can compete for good, well-paying jobs and every employer can find the talented people it needs to succeed and grow our economy.”The governor launched the innovative PAsmart initiative last year and secured a $10 million increase to $40 million for the program this year. PAsmart provides $20 million for science and technology education, $10 million for apprenticeships and job training, and new this year, an additional $10 million for career and technical education.“Pennsylvania businesses are hiring, but they can’t find enough skilled workers for all of the open jobs,” said Governor Wolf. “PAsmart recognizes that a four-year college isn’t for everyone, but people need the job training that apprenticeships and career and technical education provide.”In the first year of PAsmart, the Department of Labor & Industry awarded grants to more than 100 pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs serving over 2,600 workers. Apprenticeships give workers the opportunity to earn a paycheck while learning and gaining on-the-job training with an employer.Apprenticeship opportunities are available in traditional industries such as welding, machining, carpentry and plumbing, as well as non-traditional industries, including mental health services, human services, early childhood education, scientific research, and information technology.“Data is showing that the path to prosperity for the next generation of students no longer runs exclusively through a four-year college,” said Eric D. Palmer, executive director of the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center. “Graduates earning industry certifications, who have combined their technical skills with rigorous and challenging academic accomplishments, will form the foundation of our state’s rapidly evolving economy. “PAsmart also invests in Pennsylvania’s nationally leading Next Generation Industry Partnerships, which create collaboration among businesses to improve the training for their workforce.Other workforce development accomplishments under Governor Wolf include:• Increasing the number of apprentices in Pennsylvania to 16,682;• Increasing the number of career and technical education (CTE) students earning industry-recognized credentials by 34.2 percent;• Increasing the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs by 27.2 percent;• Advancing Pennsylvania to third in the nation in the number of nationally recognized STEM ecosystems and making the commonwealth the fifth largest producer of STEM graduates;• Approving more than $4 million in funding through the new Manufacturing PA initiative for nine new training programs across Pennsylvania to give more than 340 job seekers the skills they need to secure a stable, high-paying job in manufacturing.Governor Wolf has set a goal of increasing the number of workers with training after high school from 47 percent to 60 percent by 2025.At Phoenix Contact USA, the governor met several apprentices while touring the manufacturing and logistics sections of the company’s Dauphin County facility. July 09, 2019 Gov. Wolf: PAsmart is Creating the Skilled Workforce that Businesses Needcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gerrard tips Sturridge to shine

first_imgLiverpool striker Daniel Sturridge’s form this season leaves captain Steven Gerrard in no doubt he can be a star of this summer’s World Cup. The 24-year-old forward is second only to Reds team-mate Luis Suarez in the race for the Golden Boot, having scored 18 Barclays Premier League goals – including 10 in his last nine appearances. That contribution has helped fire Liverpool not only into top-four contention but in with a chance of catching Chelsea, seven points ahead having played one match more, in the race for the title. And Gerrard believes the striker can have the same impact in Brazil this summer. “Daniel’s got the world at his feet and he can be whatever he wants to be if he keeps working hard,” Gerrard told thefa.com. “His form has been scintillating this season and, to see him close up in training, I see what qualities he’s got. “Everyone will be looking for Suarez, (Cristiano) Ronaldo, the usual suspects, to stand up and be the star of the tournament, but Daniel is certainly capable to go and star at this World Cup.” England open their campaign in Brazil against Italy, but the clash which many are looking forward to is against Uruguay, which will pit Suarez against many of his Liverpool team-mates. And, although Gerrard may have played a significant role in persuading the South American to stay at Anfield during a summer of turmoil, their friendship will be put on hold when they meet in Sao Paulo on June 19. “I’d rather play on the same team as him, of course I would. He’s a world-class player who can give problems to any opposition he comes up against. “I know him well, I know his strengths and I know the very few weaknesses that he has but I’m looking forward to competing against him. “When you play with players domestically they’re your team-mates, you protect them and you do everything you can to win together. “We both know that when the whistle goes against Uruguay the friendship goes out of the window for 90 minutes and we both fight for our countries but I can’t speak highly enough of Luis as a player, he’s up there, for me, in the top five players in the world.” Liverpool face Manchester United on Sunday looking for their first win at Old Trafford since 2009 and Suarez will be looking to improve on his record of just one goal in six appearances in all competitions against their north-west rivals. The striker ended a run of five matches without a goal with one in the 3-0 victory at Southampton on March 1 but he insists as long as the side wins he is satisfied. “When I was a child I never liked to lose. I worked very hard in my life to get to this level and I can’t miss one ball because I love football,” he told LFCTV GO. “Sometimes (on the pitch) it is 100 per cent the little boy from the street and sometimes it is another person because you try the best and you change in your head – it depends on the moment. “But if Liverpool win the game that is important, it is more important then myself. If I score and we win it is unbelievable.” Press Associationlast_img read more