Policy Position on Industry Partnerships

Background
Industry partnerships are groups of companies connected with local workforce investment boards (WIBs). The partnerships identify and address common workforce needs and create programming to upgrade skills and training so industries can remain competitive. 

As of 2010, there are more than 6,300 businesses involved in nearly 75 industry partnerships across the state. Statewide, more than 70,000 workers have received traini ng in key industries. Workers who received training through industry partnerships see wages rise almost 7 percent within the first year. Over two-thirds of businesses report being very satisfied with the programs and report industry partnerships have helped them significantly increase their productivity.

The General Assembly is considering legislation which would formally establish “industry partnerships” as an official program administered by the Department of Labor & Industry (DLI). The bill would formalize the industry partnership funding stream, making it a line-item in the state budget.  There are no funding levels set or recommended in the legislation. The bill gives DLI the authority to formally establish guidelines and parameters for the grant program.

Historically, Lancaster has benefited greatly from the program.  Industry partnerships in Lancaster County engaged nearly 430 employers and trained 2,933 workers, using almost $1.6 million in state training money at an average of just over $564 per trainee. There are eight industry partnership programs operating in Lancaster County in long-term care, agriculture, food manufacturing, metal manufacturing, plastic manufacturing, industrial maintenance, construction and bilingual skill training.

Policy Position

  • The Chamber supports the concept of industry partnership and recognizes the success of Lancaster County programs.  
  • Pursuant to The Chamber’s “Policy Position on the State Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2010-11,” the position clearly states in the second paragraph that, “it is the duty of government leaders to build a fiscally responsible budget that aligns revenues with expenses.” To that end, The Chamber would only support funding this program in a manner that could be proven consistent with our current policy.


Approved, as amended:                               Chair:                             Date:
Advocacy Council                                           Shari Franey                 May 14, 2010 
Executive Committee                                     Kim Smith                    May 10, 2010   
Board of Directors                                          Kim Smith                    May 18, 2010
 

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