Join in supporting Funding for 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 representatives 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 and quickly.
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.
Governor Wolf’s proposed budget included a substantial increase (nearly $10 million) for the Industry Partnership (IP) program. The General Assembly reduced this funding to 2014-15 levels ($1.67 million) in the budget it sent to the governor. The governor vetoed this budget, and negotiations continue past the end of the fiscal year. Industry partnerships exemplify public-private partnerships that help to keep workers on-the-job by upgrading their skills, certifications and knowledge, while enabling businesses to be more productive.
As the voice for the local workforce development system, PWDA is part of a broad base of stakeholders that includes chambers of commerce, local workforce leaders, education groups and business members working together to advocate for increased funding for this effective, bipartisan program in the state budget.
Industry Partnership Advocacy Resources
425 Business Representatives, Others Support Industry Partnerships!
On September 23rd PWDA, as a member of the Skills2Compete coalition, a diverse coalition of industry groups and businesses, delivered to the state legislature a petition composed of 425 business representatives and others from every region of PA. Petition signers are calling for an additional $10 million in the State Budget for industry partnership workforce training.
How you can help:
Submit a personalized op-ed to your local newspaper supporting the Industry Partnership program. Here is an op-ed template that can help you get started and some published Op-Eds.
Here is recent editorial on PennLive by Steve Herzenberg (Keystone Research Center) and Kelly Lewis (Lewis Strategic).
Read Anthony Newberry’s op-ed in the Bucks County Courier Times.
Industry Partnerships have bipartisan support. Here are examples of state legislators who are advocating for Industry Partnership funding.
Write a letter of support to your state legislator and tell your local story. Here are some templates and talking points to get started.
Read the latest report on the FY 2013-2014 Industry Partnerships program published by the PA Department of Labor & Industry.