The Workforce and Economic Development Network (WEDnetPA) was created by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to assist employers with the cost of training their employees that are engaged in high-priority occupations.

Companies can receive training funds up to $450 per employee for Essential Skills (defined as those that directly improve the essential job skills required for the employee’s current position) and up to $850 per employee for Advanced Technology (comprises job functions related to automation in manufacturing processes and research and development resulting in the use of science and technology).

The Essential Skills and Advanced Technology training programs are available to qualified Pennsylvania companies and out-of-state businesses relocating to the state.

Eligible Essential Skills Training Topics (not all-inclusive)

  • Applied Mathematics and Measurement
  • Business Operations
  • Communications and Teamwork
  • Computer Operations
  • Continuous Improvement/Kaizen
  • Lean Manufacturing/Lean Enterprise
  • Manufacturing Fundamentals – Machine Setup and Maintenance, Tooling, Grinding, Welding, Soldering
  • Problem Solving
  • Product and Process Control
  • Project Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Six Sigma White Belt and Yellow Belt
  • Workplace Behavior

Eligible Advanced Technology Training (not all inclusive)

  • Advanced Machine Operations and Maintenance
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology, includes CAD, CAM, CNC, PLC
  • Advanced Math
  • Advanced Software Implementation
  • Blueprint and Schematic reading
  • Computer Programming
  • Data Base Development
  • E-Commerce
  • GD&T
  • Hydraulics
  • Information Security
  • Management Information Systems
  • Medical Applications
  • Network Administration
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Scientific Applications
  • Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt, Master Black Belt
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Analysis
  • Technology Support

To find out if your company qualifies for the WEDnetPA Grant, contact Julie Davis at 814.262.3813 or for more information.