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Gov. Wolf pitches apprenticeship in Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Fresh off debuting his new budget, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was in Allentown today, promoting his plan to support job training and manufacturing.

The governor stopped Wednesday at the "Carpenter's Apprentice School," a vocational center that trains workers.

"What I'm trying to do with my budget is make sure the Commonwealth has the resources it needs to continue to invest in programs like this," Wolf said.

And finding apprentices for businesses in Pennsylvania is a big part of the plan.

"There's a lot of tiny centers like this across the state, and they churn out people with family sustaining wages, really good jobs," the governor said.

The governor's new budget calls for two grant programs that give money to businesses to help train their workers and support places like this. It opened about six months ago on Vultee Street in Allentown.

"We teach all aspects of carpentry, welding, how to use different equipment such as aerial lifts," said Fran Schlenner, instructor for Philadelphia Joint Apprenticeship Committee.

Accepted candidates can learn skills related to the job and become a certified journeyman carpenter.

For more information you can go to carpentersofphila.com

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