Pennsylvania Wolf Administration Awards Sector Partnership Dislocated Worker Grants to Support Job Training

03 Nov, 2015, 10:55 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Kathy Manderino today announced the award of eight Sector Partnership Dislocated Worker Grants (SP DWG) to Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs). The grants will allow the LWDBs to provide enhanced career services and work-based training to dislocated workers and support regional planning to identify sector strategies that better serve job seekers.

"Secretary Manderino and I are excited to announce this next step in developing our workforce statewide," said Governor Wolf. "These federal grants will continue my administration's push to invest in Pennsylvania's workers."

"These grants provide services necessary for unemployed individuals to find fulfilling employment in quality jobs paying family-sustaining wages," Secretary Manderino said. "They are an excellent example of L&I's commitment to Governor Wolf's vision of creating and sustaining jobs that pay in Pennsylvania."  

The grants, totaling more than $3.4 million, are funded by a Sector Partnership Dislocated Worker Grant received by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. The overall goal of the grant is to provide new and additional services and greater flexibility within the state's workforce development system in serving dislocated workers.

LWDBs were required to partner on proposals in order to promote regional approaches. The following LWDB partnerships were awarded funding:

Lead LWDB

Partner LWDBs

Amount

Central

North Central; Southern Alleghenies

$ 500,000

Chester

Delaware

$ 500,000

Lehigh Valley

Berks; Lancaster

$ 500,000

Montgomery

Bucks; Philadelphia

$ 486,208

Northern Tier

Lackawanna; Luzerne-Schuylkill; Pocono Counties

$ 100,000

Philadelphia

Bucks; Montgomery

$ 328,219

Three Rivers

Tri-County; Westmoreland-Fayette

$ 500,000

Southwest Corner

Tri-County; Westmoreland-Fayette

$ 500,000

Grant funds will be targeted to serving the long-term unemployed (those unemployed 27 weeks or longer), individuals collecting unemployment compensation deemed likely to exhaust their benefits, unemployed veterans and foreign-trained workers that have faced barriers to obtaining employment in their field or profession. It is expected that 719 individuals will receive services through these grants.

Media Contact: Sara Goulet, 717-787-7530

 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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