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Next Generation Industry Partnerships

12 local workforce development boards are awarded Next Gen IP seed grants

(January 2, 2018) Governor Tom Wolf has announced that $375,000 in Next Generation Industry Partnership seed grants have been awarded to 12 local workforce development boards across the commonwealth. The grants support the launch of new partnerships or transition existing industry partnerships to the Next Generation Sector Partnership model.

These partnerships build on highly successful, nationally-recognized initiatives in Pennsylvania by combining the economic development concept of “cluster partnerships” that address the comprehensive needs of industry, with the workforce development model of “sector initiatives” that focus on addressing the specific training needs of the targeted industry. Next Generation Industry Partnerships put businesses at the center of a coordinated workforce and economic development system, that reacts to businesses’ defined opportunities and priorities for action.

Award approvals and the industries that will be promoted include:

Berks County Workforce Development Board
$25,000
Advanced manufacturing

Central PA Workforce Development Corporation
$50,000 (two $25,000 grants) 
Advanced manufacturing and health care

Chester County Workforce Development Board
$50,000 (two $25,000 grants) 
Advanced manufacturing and business services

Delaware County Workforce Development Board
$25,000
Health care

Workforce Board Lehigh Valley
$50,000 (two $25,000 grants) 
Advanced manufacturing, and logistics and transportation

Montgomery County Workforce Development Board
$25,000
Bio medical

Philadelphia Works
$25,000
Advanced manufacturing

Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board
$25,000
Advanced manufacturing

Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board
$50,000 (two $25,000 grants) 
Advanced manufacturing, and logistics and transportation

Tri-County Workforce Development Board
$25,000
Health care

West Central Job Partnership
$25,000
Hospitality, leisure and entertainment

WHAT ARE INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS?

Pennsylvania’s Industry Partnerships (IPs) bring together companies in the same industry sector (such as healthcare, manufacturing and energy) to identify and invest in core and cutting-edge skills needed to make industries more competitive nationally and globally. The partnerships themselves include industry, education, workforce and other community partners who meet formally and work together to align training to industry needs.  For Pennsylvania’s $600 billion economy, industry partnerships are a bipartisan, business-labor, and public-private approach that works effectively.

IPs leverage funding from multiple sources, including state funding, private industry contributions, private and public grants, and other sources. Besides worker training, IPs provide forums for companies to address a variety of issues common to their particular industry. Wage gains, career advancement, entry-level employment, and increased productivity are just a few ways that IPs provide a return on investment. Learn more about IPs.

 

PA Workforce Development Association