Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Please Make Calls NOW for Industry Partnerships!

The Good News: Legislators have been talking recently about the number of local businesses they are hearing from that support the Industry Partnerships program.

The Bad News: Even though there is support for IP's, some versions of the budget eliminate them entirely.

Please call your legislators now and ask them to support the Industry Partnerships program and related training activities. Specifically, funding needs to be restored for:
  • Training Activities $11,754,000 (Listed under the Department of Labor and Industry-Section 217, page 100, lines 4-5)
  • Industry Partnerships $3,613,000 (Listed under the Department of Labor and Industry-Section 217, page 103, lines 14-15)
Industry Partnerships link higher education with workforce needs to ensure that workers receive training to fit the high-demand occupations found here in Pennsylvania. They deliver a high return on investment from both public and private dollars, with nearly $9 million in funds leveraged by private firms and another $30 million in in-kind contributions.

Please call your legislators now and ask them to support the Industry Partnerships program and related training activities. Talking points are available from Workforce PA, as is a sample letter to send to legislators (please email wib@papartners.org with any legislators you contact as well).

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