HARRISBURG, Dec. 3 – Industry and education organizations, nonprofits and local workforce development boards are encouraged to apply for a state grant aimed at creating more opportunities for workers, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said approximately $4.6 million in grants is available through the PAsmart Next Generation Industry Partnership program, which connects multiple employers in the same industry with students, workers, and job seekers in a variety of fields, including:

Advanced manufacturing.

Agriculture and food production.

Bio medical and health care.

Building and construction.

Business services.

Education.

Energy.

Hospitality.

Logistics and transportation.

Real estate.

Finance and insurance.

“These grants will connect a variety of employers with job seekers and provide them with the knowledge and skills businesses need, and also meet the career needs and goals of those workers,” said Snyder. “It will help address the critical skills gap expressed by many employers and go a long way toward boosting local economic development efforts.”

Grants of up to $250,000 per partnership are available. Eligible grant applicants can also include labor and economic development organizations, libraries, and post-secondary education providers. Any entity may serve as a fiscal agent for all grant awards. Applicants are required to partner with a local workforce development board on their application.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 3, 2020.

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