Burns: $4.6 million in grants available to connect employers with job seekers, create new job opportunities

HARRISBURG, Dec. 4 – Local workforce development boards, industry organizations, nonprofits and local education agencies are among those that state Rep. Frank Burns is encouraging to apply for a grant designed to create more opportunities for workers to boost their job skills and increase their earning potential.

Burns, D-Cambria, said approximately $4.6 million in grants is available through the PAsmart

Next Generation Industry Partnership program, which connects multiple employers in the same industry with students, workers and job seekers in a variety of fields, including:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • agriculture and food production
  • bio medical and health care
  • building and construction
  • business services
  • education
  • energy
  • hospitality
  • logistics and transportation
  • real estate
  • finance and insurance.

“Job training is critical to Cambria County’s economic development and growth. Connecting employers, educators and workers within an industry benefits our entire region by making businesses more competitive and workers better trained and compensated,” Burns said.

“I encourage business organizations, nonprofits and other entities to consider applying for this grant.”

In addition to the entities previously mentioned, eligible applicants can also include labor and economic development organizations, libraries and post-secondary education providers. Any entity may serve as a fiscal agent for all grant awards. Applicants are required to partner with a local workforce development board on their application.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 3, 2020. Those interested in applying can contact Burns’ Ebensburg office for assistance at 814-472-8021.

Additional details, including the grant application, can be found at this link.