Governor Wolf Tours Expansion of Iron Workers Training Center, Touts Investments in Apprenticeships

first_img Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined local officials, employers and members of Iron Workers Local 3 today to tour ongoing renovations of the Iron Workers Training Center in Pittsburgh and discuss apprenticeships and PAsmart. The Wolf Administration provided $750,000 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding announced in June to help expand the facility and significantly increase the number of apprentices who will be trained.“Western Pennsylvania has more ironworker jobs open than there are skilled workers to fill them,” said Governor Wolf. “I am investing in apprenticeships and job training like this, so we can meet the demand for workers to build the cracker plant, manufacturing facilities, bridges and many other projects that are creating jobs.”The $4.2 million project will upgrade and expand the first floor and add a second floor to the training center, creating more space for hands-on training with modern equipment. The union expects to increase the number of apprentices from approximately 90 last year to more than 300 next year.“Not everyone wants to go to a four-year college, but apprenticeships like this enable workers to earn a good wage while learning at the training center and on the job with an employer,” said Governor Wolf. “These are jobs that can support a family and create a strong workforce that will attract more industry to Pennsylvania.”The starting wage for apprentices in the Iron Worker’s program is $19 per hour, which increases with experience. After the apprenticeship, the starting wage of journeymen is $33 per hour or more, plus benefits.Governor Wolf is expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Pennsylvania. His new and innovative PAsmart initiative will invest $30 million in workforce development. Of that, $7 million will be an increase in apprenticeships with a goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices by 2025. Since Governor Wolf established the commonwealth’s first Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016, the number of registered apprentices has increased by nearly 20 percent from 13,282 registered apprentices to nearly 16,000.PAsmart also includes a $3 million increase in the successful Industry Partnerships program, which connects similar businesses with educational and economic development partners to provide the job training. An additional $20 million will be invested in education for the rapidly growing fields of science, engineering, math and technology (STEM) and computer science.In July, the governor was joined by business and labor leaders to sign an executive order that cuts red tape, improves coordination between several state agencies and more effectively delivers workforce development services to Pennsylvanians.The executive order places the governor’s private sector policy advisor, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, in a leading role in coordinating job training strategies across the public and private sectors and will provide recommendations on the distribution of the $30 million in PAsmart funding, which will be driven out through a competitive grants process. August 10, 2018 Governor Wolf Tours Expansion of Iron Workers Training Center, Touts Investments in Apprenticeshipscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Friday people roundup

first_imgNow Pensions, Schneider Electric, SEI, Credit Suisse, Syntrus Achmea, INREV, Milestone Group, BNP ParibasSchneider Electric – Jerry Gandhi, former COO at the UK’s Now Pensions, has been hired by French energy firm Schneider Electric to oversee its UK and Irish pension activities. Gandhi, who stood down as Now’s COO last summer, will now be in charge of the Invensys Pension Scheme, he told IPE. Prior to joining Now in 2011, Gandhi was group pensions director at RSA Insurance Group and in 1999 founded consultancy CAP Services. He also spent nearly a decade at Inchcape as group pensions director.SEI – Paul Nevin has been appointed director in SEI’s institutional group, based in London. He will be responsible for servicing defined benefit clients in the UK. He joins from Credit Suisse, where he was managing director of Structured Solutions. Before then, he worked at Towers Watson as a senior investment consultant.Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance – Casper Hesp has been appointed head of the portfolio management team. He joins from the European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles (INREV), where he worked for seven years and was director of research and market information for the past two years. He will focus on client portfolio management, institutional client relationships and business development. Milestone Group – Enrique Gonzalez has been appointed as head of product management for the APAC region. He joins from BNP Paribas, where he helped develop and expand the bank’s global custody offering. Before then, he held senior positions at JP Morgan, Citibank, Chase Manhattan Bank, State Street and Westpac Financial Services.last_img read more

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Spurs going places – Holtby

first_img Press Association Holtby likens the Tottenham situation to the one Bayern Munich faced last season, when Jupp Heynckes managed to sustain a challenge on all fronts that eventually saw them complete a historic treble. “At Bayern Munich, everyone just did their work,” Holtby said. “The players were always patient and did their jobs for the team. “That’s why they won every title – and that’s how I see it here.” Holtby has no personal animosity towards Eriksen. Indeed, he has struck up a close personal friendship with the Dane, who was long touted as a potential Barclays Premier League player without anyone being willing to take a chance. “I get on very well with Christian,” Holtby said. “Off the pitch we do a lot of things. “On it when I get the opportunity I have to show that I can produce something. I need to keep working hard and putting on pressure. “It is going to be a very tough season because we have so many games. “I just saw the other day that we have eight games in December alone. People are going to get injured and we will need everyone.” The chances are Holtby will be back on the bench this weekend, though, when Chelsea visit White Hart Lane for a crucial Premier League encounter. While the result itself may not mean too much in terms of the title battle, a favourable outcome could generate a sense of belief in the Spurs camp that would push them a long way. “I don’t want to put that word in the mouth but we are aiming for very high things,” he said. “Chelsea is a massive game for us and a positive result can give us the confidence we need for the rest of the season. “We want to get in the top four. We want to play Champions League. That is the main aim.” In particular, the deadline-day arrival of Christian Eriksen from Ajax has closed off an avenue to Villas-Boas’ first-choice line-up, hence the Germany international’s selection for Tuesday night’s 4-0 Capital One Cup triumph at Aston Villa. Holtby could be forgiven for a sense of frustration at how events have conspired against him. He has no such feelings, though. Instead he is looking forward to the campaign with relish. “I wanted to come here,” he said. “I wanted to have this challenge. “I could have stayed at Schalke. I could have played there all the time. “But I wanted to fulfil my dream of playing for a top club in the Premier League. “I know Tottenham are going to do something big and I wanted to be part of it.” The 23-year-old quit Schalke for the lure of White Hart Lane in January. Holtby quickly established himself as a regular under Andre Villas-Boas, only for his status to be undermined by the huge amount of change Spurs have undergone to cope with the world-record exit of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Lewis Holtby has no regrets about hitching a ride on the Tottenham bandwagon because he is convinced they are destined for the very top.last_img read more

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