Governor Tom Wolf today announced new funding of $179,181 for Slippery Rock University, through the PA Career Training Program of Pennsylvania (MTTC), to support a student internship program in food and beverage manufacturing facilities in Allegheny, Butler and Erie counties.
“This paid internship program will give students the hands-on experience and invaluable skills they need to be ready to work for careers in the food and beverage manufacturing industry in Pennsylvania,” the governor said. Wolf. “The program will also greatly benefit participating manufacturers by developing a pool of highly qualified potential hires from which to choose after trainees graduate.”
The internship program will allow students at Slippery Rock University to work in local food and/or beverage manufacturing facilities during summer semesters over the next two years. Interns will receive short-term job readiness training on manufacturing industry protocols, safety training, and basic skills needed to secure employment upon graduation.
Interns will also be mentored to develop higher-level skills needed in the manufacturing industry, such as providing sustainability consulting services that manufacturers’ clients demand, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the customer’s supply chain. These skills could include methods for evaluating and optimizing manufacturing processes and reducing building energy, water and waste, which will reduce operating costs and make companies more competitive on their markets.
Area businesses involved in the program include: 5 Generation Bakers in McKees Rocks, Allegheny County; Puppy Cake in Portersville, Butler County; and Shearer’s Foods in Waterford, Erie County.
Recruitment of interns and interviews for the program are ongoing and will run until May 15. Interns will begin employment at select facilities on June 1.
“This grant provides a great opportunity for our students to gain experience in the manufacturing industry while helping them earn money to make their education more affordable,” said Paul Scanlon, Director of Sustainability, Slippery Rock. University. “It also benefits local manufacturers by helping to meet labor needs, not only through immediate internships, but by training future contributors and leaders in their industries. We are grateful for this opportunity provided by DCED, which will complement and continue to grow our existing partnerships with local food and beverage manufacturers.
Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA Initiative was launched in October 2017 and has since funded 73 projects and invested more than $16.1 million under the Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant program.
Career Training Grants support projects that result in short-term job readiness, job placement, or manufacturing advancement. The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant program works with local manufacturers to identify and teach missing critical skills to entry-level candidates seeking employment in manufacturing, engaging youth or those with barriers to manufacturing career opportunities and/or advancing local or regional capacity. manufacturers.
For more information on the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development website.