Pennsylvania recently announced two new grant programs to help businesses with employee training costs.
The new Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Program offers $2.3 million in grants to help pay for on-the-job training of new employees. The funding can be used for the salaries of instructors, training materials and related contracted professional services.
Pennsylvania also announced new employee training funding expressly for manufacturers. The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career Grant will be awarded to manufacturers who partner with community colleges, technical and trade schools and workforce development organizations on training and recruitment.
The manufacturing grant is part of the larger new Manufacturing PA initiative, which includes $12 million in total funding. The program also includes funding for Industrial Resource Centers, which work with small and medium-sized businesses, and a new Manufacturing Innovation Program, which will fund partnerships between manufacturers and colleges.
The apprenticeship program is funded through money reclaimed from businesses that received prior state funding but failed to meet job numbers, capital investments or other contract requirements. The state also recently warned businesses they must meet their contracted obligations or risk losing their state grants and other funding.
Concannon Miller is personally acquainted with the key personnel at local organizations that help businesses obtain grants and other state funding. Many of these organizations provide businesses with free or discounted assistance. Contact us here for more information.
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