Readshaw announces $442,936 in Strategic Innovation grants

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced that a workforce development partner in his district will receive two state Strategic Innovation grant awards surpassing $440,000.

Partner4Work will use the first grant, totaling $190,926, to create a non-traditional pathway for low-income students and those facing other barriers to earn industry-recognized credentials leading to further education, training or work.

The second grant, totaling $252,000, will be used by Partner4Work to prepare, train and place at least 30 low-income individuals in entry-level jobs in the construction trades and manufacturing sectors.

“Securing these grants is a crucial step to ensuring the progression of younger Pennsylvanians and low-income residents in our region,” Readshaw said. “Additionally, the approval of both grants fulfills our Democratic Plan for PA, which puts people first, and it shows our commitment to investing in the future of workforce development across the commonwealth.”

Partner4Work and other workforce development organizations throughout the commonwealth provide employers with resources to improve their businesses and connect job seekers with businesses in need of talent. Workforce boards also connect citizens looking for jobs with state, county and local organizations providing job training and other services.

The Partner4Work programs are two of 16 statewide projects receiving a total of $3.5 million in state Strategic Innovation grants. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry awarded the grants through local workforce development boards across the state.