Brubaker Re-Introduces Industry Partnerships Legislation

February 15, 2011

HARRISBURG – Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-36) re-introduced legislation today that would support the Commonwealth's workforce development efforts by continuing the Industry Partnerships program.

The Industry Partnerships program allows a cluster of businesses and organizations within a single industry to collaborate to identify and address common workforce needs. The program brings together employers, educators and workforce representatives to ensure that workers and job-seekers are receiving the training they need to keep pace with the growing demands of Pennsylvania businesses

Senate Bill 552 would amend Pennsylvania's Workforce Development Act to codify the Industry Partnerships program within the Department of Labor and Industry. The Senate voted to continue the program in 2010. 

"The Industry Partnerships program has done a tremendous job of ensuring workers receive the training they need to keep Pennsylvania businesses competitive," Brubaker said. "This program is a vital part of Pennsylvania's workforce development efforts, and I am hopeful that this legislation will enjoy the same level of bipartisan support that the Senate offered last year." 

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, more than 6,300 businesses have taken part in more than 80 partnerships throughout the state, and more than 70,000 workers have received training through the program. 

"Pennsylvania's Industry Partnership initiative has become a national model of excellence in workforce development strategies," said Pennsylvania Business Council President and CEO David W. Patti.  "Pennsylvania's business community strongly supports the program because it addresses critical workforce shortages in key industrial occupations through the voluntary collaboration of employers in similar industries or product lines, or which share supply chains, often cooperating with the associated organized labor unions." 

"Industry Partnerships enable companies with similar training needs to leverage resources to provide more training at a lower cost," said Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board Chairman Stephen Fries.