Workforce Training

Armstrong County boasts a high caliber labor-force with a strong work ethic and nationally competitive labor costs. Businesses can take advantage of joint industry, academia, and government initiatives aimed at developing better-educated and qualified employees. The Armstrong County Industrial Development Council’s economic development professionals will work with you to provide the information you need to gain a clear picture of the workforce in Armstrong County.

Pennsylvania CareerLink Armstrong County

Pennsylvania CareerLink Armstrong County is a cooperative effort designed to provide a single-source delivery system of career services to job seekers, employers, and other interested individuals. The goal of the PA CareerLink Armstrong County is to create a collaborative system where resource partners in various organizations provide interested individuals with access to employment, education, and training resources under one roof.


In an effort to strengthen the business environment of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, WEDnetPA provides a training network responsive to employers’ workforce needs. This network is the Guaranteed Free Training (GFT) Program.

The WEDnetPA managed GFT offers two training programs. These programs give qualified in-state businesses – as well as out-of-state companies interested in relocating to the economic friendly business climate of Pennsylvania – the opportunity to train new and existing employees. Check out the 2019-2020 WEDnetPA Flyer site for more information!

Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program

The Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant is a statewide program that offers assistance to registered apprenticeship programs. The program’s goal is to increase apprenticeship availability to Pennsylvania employers to assist them with their talent recruitment and development. Single employers, labor organizations, employer consortiums and others are eligible applicants for this program.

Eligible Uses:

  • Hourly salary of an in-house instructor(s) for actual hours in training that complements on-the-job learning.
  • Contracted professional services directly related to the academic competency that apply to the job of each apprentice.
  • Costs of books and training materials.
  • Sustaining training that complements on-the-job learning included in existing apprenticeship programs as well as developing new and creative initiatives to meet the evolving needs of the employer
  • General education requirements towards a college degree and credit courses towards completion of degree work directly related to the apprenticeship.
  • Administrative services not to exceed 10% of the total grant amount

For more information, please visit the DCED website or click here to view the Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship guidelines.