Humboldt Park Association members learned about an Industry Partnership grant for the Logistics and Transportation sectors that’s valued at more than $50,000 and received the latest updates to the Humboldt Industrial Park’s Emergency Preparedness Plan during a meeting earlier this month at McCann School of Business and Technology in Hazle Township.
Pennsylvania CareerLink® Luzerne County Administrator Christine Jensen announced that PA CareerLink® Luzerne County, along with the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment board, recently received a $55,000 Industry Partnership Grant for the Logistics and Transportation industry that will provide businesses in those sectors with partial funding for training in high-priority occupations. As a result of the grant, employers can receive up to a 65 percent cost reimbursement on training programs for their existing workforce.
The grant is available to train employees in a variety of positions, including light and heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers, maintenance and repair workers, forklift operators, bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, industrial electricity operators, industrial motor controls operators and programmable logic controllers. The grant is available through June 30. Funding is also available for the manufacturing industry.
The Logistics and Transportation Partnership is one of several industry partnerships that have been developed through PACareerLink® and the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board. Industry partnerships bring together multiple employers, and workers and worker representatives when appropriate, in the same industry cluster to address common or overlapping human capital needs.
Jensen said, “Industry partnerships help businesses and industries preserve their competitive edge with a highly educated and skilled workforce. The Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board has opportunities and the financial resources to help train workers. We invite companies to inquire about and apply for eligible incumbent worker training funding.”
Through PA CareerLink®, industry partnership members help identify and work together to address common organizational and human resource challenges. The partnership identifies the training needs of businesses, including skill gaps that are critical to competitiveness and innovation, and facilitates companies to come together to address group training and education needs and decrease costs. Additionally, the partnership works to identify barriers to entry-level employment for workers and youth, develop strategies to move past those barriers, and work to enable entry-level employees to improve skills to advance into jobs with higher skills and wages.
Employers interested in applying for the grant or receiving more information about it can contact Christine Jensen at 570-822-1101 extension 3057.
The Humboldt Emergency Planning subcommittee has made progress on several initiatives for the park’s Humboldt Emergency Plan since the group formed in November of 2016. CAN DO Director of Operations Greg Kurtz informed the meeting attendees that the Hazle Township and Luzerne County Smart 911 recently completed a successful test of their notification system and confirmed that those registered in the system did receive alert notifications during Hazle Township’s recent state of emergency for Winter Storm Stella.
The Humboldt Emergency Planning subcommittee was formed to bring together representatives of the park tenants and develop a potential course of action in the event of an emergency in the park. The group previously met with Hazle Township Fire Chief Scott Kostician to discuss the initial stages of the plan. Additionally, the Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency has offered to review and assist any businesses with the creation or revision of their Business Emergency Plan.