The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomed Secretary of Labor and Industry W. Gerard “Jerry” Oleksiak to speak on workforce matters at a luncheon held yesterday in North Cornwall Township.
Oleksiak spoke to the crowd of about 60 people who gathered for lunch at the Lebanon Country Club for just under an hour and covered a wide range of topics related to increasing and strengthening the workforce across the state.
“Workforce is not a partisan issue,” said Oleksiak.
Oleksiak, who was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf in 2017, focused on emerging state government programs such as the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s PAsmart program and Governor Wolfe’s proposed Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP).
He also touched on the importance that apprenticeship programs can have in giving workers useful skills when beginning a career.
After giving insight into the state of Pennsylvania’s workforce and what measures are being take to strengthen it, Oleksiak fielded question from those in attendance; many of whom deal with the workforce issues in question on a daily basis.
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