Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to construct a new sheet metal training facility where students will earn wages while learning in-demand skills in Hamburg, Berks County.
“Businesses are expanding and creating jobs in Pennsylvania and we need more skilled workers on many projects,” said Governor Wolf. “This is an investment in the people and economy of Berks County. This will allow the union, in partnership with local businesses, to train more workers, who will earn a paycheck while they learn, and prepare for a good career that can support a family.”
Sheet Metals Workers Local 19 was awarded a $1 million grant to construct a 12,000-square-foot post-secondary school at 102 Windsor Ave. in Hamburg. The $2.6 million school will contain four classrooms and 8,400 square feet of shop and laboratory space. The new facility will provide Sheet Metals Workers Local 19 with space to incorporate new technologies into apprenticeships and journey worker education for its more than 4,000 members, while also establishing enough classroom space to accept more students into its wage-paying training program. The school will operate jointly with local businesses, providing students with pathways into jobs with family-sustaining wages.
Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.