Senate Sends Brubaker Industry Partnerships Bill to Governor's Desk
Workforce development program included in 2011-12 state budget
HARRISBURG – The Senate approved legislation today that would permanently establish the Industry Partnerships program as part of the state's workforce development strategy, according to the bill's sponsor Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-36).
Senate Bill 552 would amend Pennsylvania's Workforce Development Act to codify the Industry Partnerships program within the Department of Labor and Industry. The Industry Partnerships program brings together employers, educators and workforce representatives to ensure that workers and job-seekers have the tools and training they need to keep pace with the growing demands of Pennsylvania businesses.
In 2009 and 2010, more than 17,200 workers received training through the program. Funding for the Industry Partnerships program was included in the state budget passed by the Senate and House of Representatives this week.
"This program serves a dual purpose by supporting worker training and identifying industry needs," Brubaker said. "Employers and employees who have participated in this program have given their enthusiastic support for making Industry Partnerships a permanent part of our workforce development strategy, and I am thankful that my colleagues in the General Assembly have taken action to ensure businesses and employees can benefit from this workforce development program in the future."
The program allows a cluster of businesses and organizations within an industry to work together to identify and address common workforce needs. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, more than 118,000 workers have received training through the program since its creation in 2005. Workers who received training through the Industry Partnerships program received an average 6.62 percent increase in wages in the first year following training.
The Senate concurred in House amendments to Senate Bill 552, sending the legislation to the governor to be signed into law.