The Erie Regional Manufacturer Partnership (ERMP) was formed in 2014 by a group of 20 local manufacturers to develop and implement a plan that will result in the ability to identify, qualify, and recruit individuals for employment and training to meet the skilled workforce needs of member companies and to create greater opportunities for individuals in the community to enter into and advance along manufacturing career pathways. In September of 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Greater Oh-Penn Apprenticeship Network—of which ERMP was a principal partner—a $2.99 million grant to expand manufacturing apprenticeships.
The apprenticeship grant program is awarding $175 million nationwide to help train and hire more than 34,000 apprentices in high-growth and high-tech industries as diverse as health care, information technology and advanced manufacturing while scaling up proven programs in construction, transportation and energy in the next five years.
Emerge 2040 Recommendation
Economic Growth and Job Development: “Create seamless career pathways by creating purposeful education and training to strengthen the local workforce and ensure family-sustaining employment for all residents.”