Monday, March 29, 2010

Support the Industry Partnership Program in the Senate!

As many of you know, the Department of Labor and Industry’s Industry Partnerships legislation (HB 2230) unanimously passed the House of Representatives last week. It will now be referred to the Senate’s Labor and Industry Committee when they return on April 12.

The Industry Partnership bill amends the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Act to make Industry Partnerships a permanent part of Pennsylvania’s workforce development system. It will require the Department of Labor and Industry to continue defining targeted industries and High Priority Occupations, and to administer a grant program when funds are made available.

What can you do to help pass this important legislation? Call your legislators today to ask them to vote for the Industry Partnerships bill! If you don’t know who represents you or the district in which your business is located, visit http://www.legis.state.pa.us/. A script is below if you would like to use it:

If your legislator is on the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, please call and ask him or her to vote for the bill when it comes up in committee.

Script: Hello, my name is ______, and I am (your job title and business/organization- e.g. Human Resources Manager at Important Corp./Administrator at Terrific Nonprofit). I live/work in the Senator’s district, and I am calling to ask Senator (name) to vote for the Industry Partnerships bill in the Senate Labor and Industry Committee. (If you are a member of an IP, please let the legislative staffer know.)  You can also add: The Industry Partnerships program is important because....

If your legislator is not on the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, you can call and ask him or her to vote for it when it comes up before the Senate.

Script: Hello, my name is ______, and I am (your job title and business/organization- e.g. Human Resources Manager at Important Corp./Administrator at Terrific Nonprofit). I live/work in the Senator’s district, and I am calling to ask Senator (name) to vote for the Industry Partnerships bill when it comes before the Senate. (If you are a member of an IP, please let the legislative staffer know.You can also add: The Industry Partnerships program is important because....

Please let us know if and when you call by emailing us at policy@pathwayspa.org. Please also feel free to email or call with any questions. Thank you so much for your time and support of the Industry Partnerships program!

Below are some interesting facts on Industry Partnerships –feel free to share them with your legislators:
  • To receive grant funds, Industry Partnerships must:
    • Provide a 25% cash match,
    • Collaborate with evaluation efforts that help increase the return on investment of partnership activities,
    • Include the participation of workers, and
    • Involve the local workforce investment board.
  • Since 2005-06, Pennsylvania has been investing more than any other state in building and delivering training through Industry Partnerships. The state now has over 70 Industry Partnerships that include 7,000 businesses and have trained over 70,000 workers.
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