Harrisburg – March 6, 2020  − Sen. Jim Brewster (D- Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that two local workforce readiness programs will receive a combined $272,856 to fund paid summer internships though the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP).

The Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Development Board will receive $134,860 for their internship program, and the Allegheny County Partner4Work internship program $137,996.

“Students need a variety of training opportunities in order to successfully enter Pennsylvania’s workforce once they graduate,” Brewster said. “The SLIP program allows students to experience a real-world work environment, explore careers that interest them and give them the foundation they need after graduation to be a well-qualified employee.”

Those who enter the 2020 SLIP will intern for an eight-week period between May 1 and August 28.   The minimum hourly wage for the program will be $10.35 and is open to those between the ages of 16 and 24.

“Investing in students and job training is a direct investment in the future of our communities,” Brewster said. “I will continue to work to make sure that state money goes toward our children’s future and education.”

The funding is provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I).