The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry recently awarded $4.6 million in Industry Partnership grants to fund 28 partnerships among 19 workforce development boards across the state.
Some of the grants will support the manufacturing and transportation, warehousing and logistics sectors in the Lehigh Valley and Berks County.
“These growing industry sectors in the Lehigh Valley are critical drivers of our economy, making up 17 percent of jobs in the region,” said Nancy Dischinat, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board executive director. “Industry Partnership resources give businesses in these targeted sectors the opportunity to train their current workforce, increase skills, improve productivity and allow our employers to remain profitable in a highly competitive marketplace.”
Among the awards:
• The Lehigh Valley Transportation, Warehousing and Logistics Industry Partnership received $200,000 for training and intermediary services for 115 participants in the logistics and transportation industry.
• The Lehigh Valley Diversified Manufacturing IP was awarded $200,000 for training and intermediary services for 138 participants in the advanced manufacturing Industry.
• The Berks County Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership was awarded $168,388 for training and intermediary services for 112 participants in the advanced manufacturing industry.
Statewide, Industry Partnerships will train more than 5,000 people in the advanced manufacturing, agriculture and food processing, building and construction, business services, energy, health care and logistics and transportation sectors.
For a full list of recipients and grant amounts, visit http://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/Pages/Industry-Partnerships.aspx