As Pennsylvania takes a proactive step in building a stronger workforce, Gov. Josh Shapiro has recently signed an executive order that will funnel $400 million in federal funding towards organizations that will provide on-the-job training for new infrastructure workers. This will serve as reimbursement to these organizations to cover the training expenditures as well as the salaries of the workers.

Fox News further reported:

A portion of the $19 billion that the state will receive from two federal programs for infrastructure projects will, under the governor’s order, fund the new training program.

Organizations doing infrastructure work — such as repairing roads and bridges, replacing lead pipes and expanding high speed internet — could receive up to $40,000 for each new worker they train. A maximum of $400,000 could be reimbursed through the program, which will be managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

“We need the workforce to be able to do it,” the governor said at a press conference in Pittsburgh. “So one of the biggest hurdles we face is having enough workers trained and ready for these kinds of projects at a time when we now have more money than ever before for this type of investment.”