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L&I Secretary Berrier visits the Pittsburgh Apprenticeship Program

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Jennifer Berrier, secretary of the state’s Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), recently visited Fortyx80, which offers nontraditional job seekers the opportunity to learn the skills needed to enter the labor market. ‘computer science.

Fortyx80 is the nonprofit arm of the Pittsburgh Technology Council. It allows apprentices to acquire nationally recognized diplomas.

The software analyst apprenticeship requires 2,480 hours of curriculum, and apprentices learn through on-the-job training. Upon completion of the program, enrollees receive industry certification. Fortyx80 plans to have 25 students in the first year of enrollment.

“Advances in technology can change the needs of entire industries. Apprenticeship programs, like Fortyx80’s, give apprentices the opportunity to earn money while they learn and enter the workforce directly upon completion,” Berrier said. “Providing an alternative education system that adapts to economic changes will support public and private sector innovation as the need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) grows in Western Pennsylvania and across the nation. Commonwealth.”

The Pittsburgh Technology Council, Education Enhancement Tax Credits, Palestinian Authority Department of Community and Economic Development, and foundation grants fund Fortyx80.

Regional businesses provide opportunities for workforce development and STEM training for underrepresented groups.

L&I’s Office of Apprenticeship and Training supports and expands registered apprenticeship programs statewide.

Apprentices earn a starting salary of $70,000 a year after graduation, L&I estimates.