Group Asks State to Increase Industry Partnerships Funding
CPBJ Reports: The Pennsylvania Fund for Workforce Solutions recently sent a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett and the state legislature requesting funding for Pennsylvania’s Industry Partnerships program. The group asked the governor to restore the funding to $7.6 million, the amount in the 2010-11 budget.
Industry partnerships operate with funding from the state and businesses to provide workforce training in key industries and occupations. The state Department of Labor and Industrybegan funding the partnerships in 2005, and more than 100,000 workers have been trained since the program began. More than 6,300 employers have contributed $75 million in matching dollars during that time, the collaborative said.
Pennsylvania Business Council President and CEO David W. Patti said in a statement, “Pennsylvania is facing a critical shortage of skilled labor. Industry Partnerships are an ideal and cost-effective tool for training and re-training individuals who could be employed in these good-paying jobs.”