Oh-Penn Partnership Gets $3M for Apprenticeship Programs

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded nearly $3 million for a 17-county manufacturing apprenticeship program led by the West Central Job Partnership in New Castle, Pa., and the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition.

The West Central Job Partnership will act as the fiscal for the grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Apprenticeship Grant program on behalf of the Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network. The network will use the $2,998,625 grant to help manufacturers increase their ability to find highly skilled, credentialed employees and adopt the apprenticeship model, the office of U.S. Sen. Brown said in announcing the grant.

The apprenticeship grant program is awarding $175 million nationwide to help train and hire more than 34,000 apprentices in high-growth and high-tech industries as diverse as health care, information technology and advanced manufacturing while scaling up proven programs in construction, transportation and energy in the next five years.

In April, Brown wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor in support of the grant for the Oh-Penn Interstate Region. With the grant, the network and its partners will be “better equipped to link prospective employees with training and apprenticeships that will help them land good-paying jobs,’ he said in the news release issued by his office.

Along with the Mahoning Valley Manufacturing Coalition, the Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network includes Erie Regional Manufacturer Partnership, Advanced Materials and Diversified Manufacturing Industry Partnership of Lawrence & Mercer Counties, Advanced Materials and Diversified Manufacturing Industry Partnership in Northwest PA, and the Portage County Manufacturers Coalition.

Additional partners include Workforce Investment Areas in Ohio and Pennsylvania, the Ohio Apprenticeship Council, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, and local colleges, universities, and career and technical centers.

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