Burns: $3.5 million in job training grants for students available

Funds designed to provide skills, job training opportunities in variety of fields

HARRISBURG, Nov. 26 – State Rep. Frank Burns is encouraging local workforce development boards to apply for a special internship program that provides students and young adults with job training and relevant work experience

Burns, D-Cambria, said a total of $3.5 million in federal funds is available through the 2020 State/Local Internship Program, which provides eight-week, full-time paid work experiences to teens and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 in several industries, including manufacturing, health care, business services, logistics, transportation and information technology. The SLIP will operate for eight weeks, beginning May 1 and Aug. 28, 2020.

“Job training is a crucial element in economic development and this program is another key step in getting the trained workforce we’ll need for the economic opportunities that are coming,” Burns said. “Helping student land hands-on work experience is exactly what Cambria County needs to continue building our region back to what it once was.”

Last year, the SLIP placed more than a thousand youth and young adults in summer internships at more than 600 worksites across Pennsylvania.

The SLIP is 100% funded through federal money, made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Local workforce development boards are encouraged to apply for funding. Businesses or other entities interested in applying must submit applications through their local workforce development board in their community.

Those interested in applying can contact Burns’ Ebensburg office for assistance at 814-472-8021.

Additional details and the grant application can be found at the following website: https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Pages/default.aspx

The deadline to apply is Jan. 3, 2020.