Governor Tom Wolf recently announced the approval of new funding for MANTEC, a manufacturing consulting firm in York County, to support an eight-week career readiness program that will address the needs of manufacturers in southcentral Pennsylvania and create a job-ready workforce in the greater York County area. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.

“Our administration continues to look for ways to upskill and reskill Pennsylvania’s current and future workers to become a leader in the 21st century,” Governor Wolf said. “Through MANTEC’s job training initiative we will be able to provide all our residents with opportunities to compete for family-sustaining, well-paying jobs in the manufacturing industry.”

The grant will provide $200,000 to MANTEC, which will partner with the Harrisburg Area Community College-York Campus (HACC), the York County Economic Alliance, SCPA Works, Crispus Attucks, and York County Veterans Affairs to offer manufacturing job training opportunities for youth, veterans and other unemployed or underemployed populations.

During the first four weeks of the program, participants will attend HACC’s STEP Academy to learn the essential skills needed to perform today’s jobs including communication skills, teamwork and collaboration, adaptability, problem-solving, critical observation and conflict resolution. The second part of the program consists of classwork towards the Manufacturing Skills and Safety Council Certified Production Technician program, where participants will have the opportunity to earn three more nationally recognized credentials.

MANTEC will also assist participants with employment placement by partnering with area manufacturers including Johnson Controls, Klinge Corp., York Container; APX/York Sheet Metal, L2 Brands, Elsner Engineering and UTZ.

The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to provide funding for training programs to help unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more manufacturers.

The Training-to-Career grant is part of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st-century workforce.

In the 2019-2020 Executive Budget, Governor Wolf proposed the new Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) to provide workforce development opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. SWEAP will expand access to early childhood education, increase investments in schools and educators, and further partner with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative. Through SWEAP and PAsmart, the governor is calling for an additional $4 million to help Pennsylvania manufacturers train workers and $6 million to expand career and technical education for adults.