The SCWDB has been involved with administering industry partnerships since the program’s inception by Governor Rendell in 2006. Four partnerships are currently being operated.

Read below for further details about the Industry Partnerships in the SCWDB.

Transportation and Logistics Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania

The Transportation and Logistics Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania is made of 16 companies, 3 Workforce Investment Boards (the Southwest Corner Workforce Investment Board serving as the lead applicant), the PA CareerLink and several other non-profit and educational providers.

The Partnership covers Allegheny, Beaver, Washington, Greene, Westmoreland and Fayette counties. Its day-to-day operations are supervised by an Executive Committee selected by the full membership. The Executive Committee is made of six company representatives and one representative from the PA CareerLink – Beaver County.

The Partnership has moved toward long-term sustainability. Financially, members contribute a 35% cash match to training grants, 10% beyond the state requirement.

The Partnership has also supported the upward career movement of workers in a variety of arenas thanks to courses designed to promote their advancement; it has helped companies increase their profitability and competitiveness; it has developed a career ladder model used to guide training choices; it has established a cooperative relationship with the CareerLink system (particularly in Beaver County) which has resulted in enhanced recruitment.

Building and Construction Trades Industry Partnership (BCTIP)

The Building and Construction Trades Industry Partnership (BCTIP) is a regional initiative supporting the construction industry in Allegheny, Beaver, Washington and Greene Counties. The program is focused on strengthening the industry through collaboration with community based recruitment strategies and increasing the skill level and competitiveness of the incumbent workforce.

The partnership grew out of a series of community meetings convened by the Southwest Corner WIB team in 2005 and 2006. This process included union leaders, elected officials, educational institutions, community groups and economic development professionals discussing the urgent need to better inform the community about construction careers and to build strategies that connect minorities, women and youth with opportunities in the skilled building trades. BCTIP was formed as a way to build a collaborative and regional strategy to address these issues.

The BCTIP partners also identified the need to support the current workforce with training needed to adapt to rapid advances in the materials, techniques and technologies related to construction. The partnership has regularly trained over 1,000 incumbent workers annually.

Advanced Manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership (AMIP) is a regional initiative supporting the manufacturing industry in Beaver, Greene and Washington Counties. The program is focused on strengthening the industry through collaboration with community based recruitment strategies and increasing the skill level and competitiveness of the incumbent workforce.  Advanced manufacturing employs about 17,800 individuals in our region.

The Partnership will focus on promoting the upward career movement of workers in a variety of arenas with the implementation of training plans focused on advancement; it will help companies increase their profitability and competitiveness; it will develop a career ladder model to guide training choices; it will establish a cooperative relationship with the CareerLink system which will facilitate in enhancing recruitment.

This Partnership will strive for  long-term sustainability, financially, members will contribute a 35% cash match to training grants, 10% beyond the state requirement.