Gov. Wolf Announces $1.5 Million in PAsmart Job Training Grants in Southwest Pennsylvania

first_img Education,  PAsmart,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Building on his plan to expand job training for Pennsylvanians, Governor Tom Wolf today announced the first PAsmart Apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants for southwestern Pennsylvania. The governor launched PAsmart last year to increase STEM and computer science education and job training to prepare workers with the skills that growing businesses need.“Pennsylvania’s economic future depends on a well-educated and highly-trained workforce,” said Governor Wolf. “These PAsmart grants allow more people to get on-the-job training for good jobs in southwest Pennsylvania. The budget that I announced this week builds on the PAsmart initiative to create the strongest workforce in the nation.”The grants totaling $700,000 for apprenticeships and nearly $800,000 for Next Generation Industry Partnerships will support job training in construction, engineering and advanced manufacturing in the southwest region. Apprenticeships provide hands-on opportunities for workers to learn skills while earning a paycheck. Next Generation Industry Partnerships connect employers in the same industry to provide job training.The governor’s budget unveiled Tuesday builds on the success of PAsmart to create opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative.The governor is also creating the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center to bring together government, schools and industry like never before. The departments of Community and Economic Development, Labor & Industry (L&I), and State will work with external leaders including Chamber of Business and Industry President Gene Barr, and AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale to find innovative solutions that close the skills gap.The following are the PAsmart apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants awarded in southwest Pennsylvania. To view full details, visit Southwest PAsmart Grants.PAsmart Growing Registered Apprenticeship – A $150,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to Franklin Apprenticeships to deliver, recruit for, and manage a set of registered apprenticeship (RA) programs supporting three high-volume, high-demand IT occupations. It’s expected that the initial RA will be for the Computer User Support Specialist role, delivering 50 apprentices enrolled by the end of 2019.Early Childhood Education Registered Apprenticeship – A $100,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded, in partnership with Partner4Work, to establish a regional hub for Early Childhood Education (ECE) registered apprenticeships that will serve the needs of businesses and workers across the Pittsburgh Metro Area. Partner4Work plans to do so by replicating an existing ECE RA model in Pennsylvania, piloted in Philadelphia by the 1199c Training & Upgrading Fund, and optimizing it to fit the specific needs of Pittsburgh’s labor market.Registered Pre-Apprenticeship for Operating Engineers – A $100,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to Connellsville Area Career & Technical Center to develop a heavy equipment operations pre-apprenticeship in partnership with a RA sponsor, Operating Engineers Union Local 66. The program prepares students in grades 9-12, out-of-school youth, and adults for entry into the RA program, and establishes a career path for participants into the Operating Engineers Union Local 66 RA program to address the “middle skills” gap in the commonwealth.Pitt Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing (P-CAM) – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to recruit and train interested high school and career and technical students, as well as unemployed and under-employed persons, and place them in well-paid entry-level position in Southwestern Pennsylvania manufacturing firms.East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) Group – A $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to connect non-traditional students to newly created apprenticeship programs in the sewing trades and hospitality industry.Intro to the Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program – A $45,950.00 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to expand the construction industry’s pipeline of qualified talent by making critical enhancements to the existing Intro to Trades Registered Pre-Apprenticeship Program in order to establish an industry-driven, inclusive, and interlinked system of construction training programs.Registered Robotics Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Program – A $45,950 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to develop interest and skill with high school students across southwestern Pennsylvania through the Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ program. The organization’s mission is to provide exciting hands-on STEM learning experiences through business/education partnerships that will build the current and future workforce needed by the growing robotics and manufacturing industry.PA AFL-CIO Group Sponsor for Pre-Apprenticeship Programs – A $40,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to the PA AFL-CIO to pilot a pre-apprenticeship in manufacturing and office skills. The program, which will work in partnership with schools, career and technical centers, community colleges, and other training providers, will develop and sponsor the Certified Production Technician curriculum as a pathway into the industrial manufacturing technician RA program.Dual Pre-Apprenticeship Program Partnership – A $40,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded, in partnership with the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) Pittsburgh Chapter Dual Pre-Apprenticeship Program, to enable high school seniors to complete high school while taking theoretical skill classes and earning a manufacturing technician 1 certification. Students will complete on-site training at their sponsor company and earn six college credits for completing classes that integrate seamlessly with high school classes.Growing the MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K) Pre-Apprenticeship Machinist Training Program – A $40,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded, in partnership with New Century Careers (NCC), to narrow the skills gap and increase the region’s pool of skilled workers by growing the M2K pre-apprenticeship machinist program. The machinist pre-apprenticeship training program, which is offered to qualified high school graduates and GED completers 18 and older at NCC’s Training Innovation Center in Pittsburgh, prepares completers to enter the manufacturing workforce within as few as four months.Tri-County Manufacturing Industry Partnership – A $30,000 Next Generation Advanced Manufacturing Partnership grant was awarded to engage eight public and community partners.Pittsburgh Financial Services Industry Partnership – A $45,000 Next Generation Business Services Partnership grant was awarded to engage two businesses and 14 public and community partners.Tri-County Technology Industry Partnership – A $25,000 Next Generation Business Services Partnership grant was awarded to engage eight public and community partners.Pittsburgh K-12 Education Industry Partnership – A $45,000 Next Generation Education Partnership grant was awarded to engage 18 public and community partners.Pittsburgh Construction Industry Partnership – A $250,000 Next Generation Building Construction Partnership grant was awarded to strengthen construction industry pipeline, develop unified entry process for construction careers.Tri-County Health Care Industry Partnership – A $150,000 Next Generation Healthcare Partnership grant was awarded to train 126 incumbent workers and provide career awareness activities to students.Pittsburgh Early Education Industry Partnership (EEIP) – A $250,00 Next Generation Education Partnership grant was awarded to establish a RA program for early childhood education.To celebrate the PAsmart grants and investment in workforce development, L&I Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani toured Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center (CACTC) today and met with students.“Apprenticeship programs are a great example of state agencies and local businesses working together to help meet regional employment needs,” said Cipriani. “Governor Wolf wants Pennsylvania businesses to have access to a world-class workforce, and has proposed additional funding for the PAsmart initiative to further improve access to education, apprenticeships and training programs for students and workers.”“The CACTC’s PAsmart grant will be used to establish a registered pre-apprenticeship program in the Heavy Equipment Operations Program of Study and create a pipeline to the Operators and Engineers Union Local 66 Registered Apprenticeship Program in New Alexandria, PA” said CACTC Workforce Development Coordinator Shawna Little. “The establishment of a registered pre-apprenticeship program at the CACTC will positively impact our students because they will be prepared to enter the Operators and Engineers Union Local 66 Registered Apprenticeship Program and begin a life-long career in a high-priority occupation in our region.” February 07, 2019 Gov. 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Danish roundup: MP Pension, Pædagogernes Pension

first_img“At the same time we saw the American central bank raising interest rates for the first time in a long period, and warning of further rate rises to come in 2017,” he said.MP Pension, which has assets of around DKK89bn (€12bn) and 118,000 members, is undergoing changes following the collapse of its joint administration and investment arrangement with the Architects’ Pension Fund (AP) and the Pension Fund for Agricultural Academics and Veterinary Surgeons (PJD).The three pension funds were run by Unipension for several years, but AP and PJD decided to move their schemes to labour-market pensions provider Sampension, with MP Pension continuing alone.Meanwhile, Pædagogernes Pension (PBU), the Danish pension fund for education practitioners, reported an 9.6% return for 2016, which it claimed was the best pensions return among all schemes where returns were based directly on underlying investment performance.In 2015, the pension fund made a 3.7% return before pensions return tax. In absolute terms, PBU’s 2016 return was DKK8.4bn.Sune Schackenfeldt, PBU’s chief executive, said: “We have delivered returns though good old-fashioned means — simply by pulling on the right levers at the right time.”Schackenfeldt said PBU had to be able to deliver on both the “hard” and the “soft” bottom-lines — the latter being about ethics and a responsible investment policy. “Education practitioners do not earn very much money, and therefore they do not put away much in savings,” he said. “Because of this, it is really important that we as a pension provider perform on the hard parameters such as returns and costs.”Schackenfeldt took up the top role at PBU last August, having been hired away from Denmark’s biggest commercial pension provider PFA Pension, where he was a director. MP Pension, the Danish labour-market pension fund for academics, reported an upswing in investment returns in 2016 compared to the year before, with investments generating a profit of 8.6% — almost twice the 4.4% return posted for 2015.Niels Erik Petersen, CIO of MP Pension, said: “Overall, we are very pleased with the result for 2016, which contained many major events both economically and politically.”The pension fund reported that high-yield and emerging markets bonds had contributed to the total investment result with returns of around 15%.Petersen said financial markets had been marked by a high level of nervousness in 2016, particularly in the run-up to the EU membership referendum in the UK and the US presidential election.last_img read more

Yankees, Red Sox produce wild first game of historic London Series

first_imgMORE: MLB All-Star voting results, starters and snubsTwenty batters came to the plate during a wild 58-minute, 92-pitch opening frame. There were 12 runs, six by each team, and 10 hits. For the first time since a 1989 game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics, both teams scored at least six runs in the first inning and had their starters pulled.Boston’s Rick Porcello managed to pitch just a third of an inning, allowing five hits, six runs and one walk. Aaron Hicks hit a two-run homer to spell the end of Porcello’s day; Colten Brewer came in to relieve him and finished the top half of the inning. The home run also extended the Yankees’ record streak for homers in consecutive games to 30.Aaron Hicks makes history!The @Yankees OF hits the first MLB HR in Europe! #LondonSeries pic.twitter.com/ycoyn71kdj— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 29, 2019New York’s Masahiro Tanaka didn’t get off to a much better start as he took the mound nearly half an hour after warming up for the game. He made it to two-thirds of an inning, surrendering four hits, six runs and walking a pair. A three-run homer by Michael Chavis tied the game 6-6.Michael Chavis ties it up for the @RedSox with a 3R-Dinger 💥💥💥 pic.twitter.com/NiJ6ABacvy— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 29, 2019Neither offense simmered down during the four-hour, 42-minute game, which the Yankees won 17-13. New York took what appeared to be an insurmountable 17-6 lead in the sixth inning before Boston scored a run in the bottom of the sixth and six more in the seventh. The Red Sox had a chance to tie with the bases loaded in the eighth before Zack Britton retired Marco Hernandez to end the threat. Major League Baseball presented its first game in Europe on Saturday. It will be hard to top the bizarreness fans witnessed.The Red Sox and Yankees — two of baseball’s most storied franchises — played in the inaugural game at London Stadium, and they did something never before seen in the 111-year history of the rivalry: knock both starting pitchers out of the game in the first inning. Each team batted around twice in the game. Six home runs were hit, and 16 pitchers combined to throw 422 pitches. Amazingly, no errors were committed and the game ended on a Top Plays-worthy double play.Just a phenomenal double play to end the game. Phenomenal. #Yankees pic.twitter.com/PAgnbNrKzN— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) June 29, 2019Fox Sports reported that the 30 combined runs were the most in an MLB game this season and trailed only a 31-run game between the two sides in 2009 as the highest-scoring game in the 2,200-game history of the rivalry. The sides also combined for 37 hits, a season-high for a nine-inning game.English sports fans are used to long, high-scoring cricket matches, but not even they could have expected as wild a game as this. The teams will complete the London Series on Sunday at 10:10 a.m. ET before returning to the U.S.last_img read more