Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – An $115,641 business education partnership grant will provide Allegheny County students with hands-on exposure to careers in the building and construction industry, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation.

“This grant money will have a positive impact on students from all House districts encompassed within the delegation,” Miller said. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding, as we all understand the importance of providing students with a means-to-an-end when it comes to choosing their prospective career paths.

“Students looking to get involved in the building and construction industry will find the programs created by this funding to be not only rewarding, but also extremely informational and influential as they look to solidify their futures in the workforce.”

Miller said the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will join forces with PARTNER4WORK, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization, to carry out the three-pronged project.

The first phase will include bringing together 14 building and construction unions, local colleges, businesses, students and others at the March 29 Building On … Careers in the Building and Construction Industry conference in Pittsburgh.

The second phase involves the creation of the Summer in Trades internship program, which will provide students with hands-on experience and insight into the work that occurs in the industry.

The last phase will assist in the rollout of the Building for the Future Program. This program will provide students with an introduction to area trades and help them assess the qualifications needed to apply and be hired in a trade apprenticeship program.

The grant is one of 22 awarded to local workforce development boards statewide. The awards were 100 percent federally funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act and administered through the state Department of Labor & Industry.