L&I announces apprenticeship partnership with Pittston Chamber

Times Leader staff report
Eileen Cipriani from the Department of Labor and Industry tries out a virtual reality device while meeting with local interns at Borton and Lawson to highlight the State/Local Internship program for young adults last summer. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader Eileen Cipriani from the Department of Labor and Industry tries out a virtual reality device while meeting with local interns at Borton and Lawson to highlight the State/Local Internship program for young adults last summer. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

PITTSTON — The Department of Labor & Industry has announced a new partnership with the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, accepting apprentices to learn supervisory skills.

The partnership was announced by the L&I’s Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani on Thursday during a breakfast sponsored by the chamber.

The program is centered around training apprentices management skills and meeting employer needs.

“This new program will provide apprentices with the skills training necessary to manage employees, and develop a talent pool of highly skilled workers for local employers,” Cipriani is quoted as saying in a release from the department. “Apprenticeships are a key tool to creating a world-class workforce for Pennsylvania businesses, which is why Governor Tom Wolf is focused on expanding such training programs to meet current and future workforce needs.”

The apprenticeships are part of PAsmart, a Wolf administration initiative aimed at improving the workforce in Pennsylvania. The Pittston chamber’s apprenticeship program, called Innovation in Management, was registered recently by the department’s Apprenticeship and Training Office, and focuses on preparing apprentices to excel in management roles.

Apprentices will be given instruction by Luzerne County Community College, with hands-on experiences at both FNCB Bank and McDonald’s.

The executive vice president of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, Michelle Mikitish, said how excited she is to be involved with the program.

“The Pittston Chamber has a strong history of industrial park development and attracting employers into our business community,” she said in the release. “This apprenticeship program is a continuation of our legacy of putting people to work.”

Eileen Cipriani from the Department of Labor and Industry tries out a virtual reality device while meeting with local interns at Borton and Lawson to highlight the State/Local Internship program for young adults last summer.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_TTL072019Cipriani1.jpgEileen Cipriani from the Department of Labor and Industry tries out a virtual reality device while meeting with local interns at Borton and Lawson to highlight the State/Local Internship program for young adults last summer. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Times Leader staff report