WEST CHESTER (March 10, 2020) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that the Chester County Workforce Development Board will receive $175,000 in state funding to connect local businesses and industries with young people looking for job and career opportunities.

The grant is part of a $4.7 million allocation which has been awarded to local workforce development boards for the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP).

“When we provide career opportunities to young people and students looking to expand, develop, and refine their workforce experience, we are ensuring a sustainable future for the county and commonwealth’s development,” Dinniman said. “The Chester County Workforce Development Board will utilize these funds to ensure our young residents are connected with our local businesses.”

The 2002 SLIP will operate for an eight-week period between May 1 and August 28, 2020. The program will offer wages at a minimum of $10.35 an hour for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 years. Dinniman published these internships on his website last year when they were released and will do so again for the 2020 eligible internships.

Last year’s SLIP placed 1,130 youth and young adults into internships at 657 worksites in a variety of industries. This year’s program aims to provide nearly 1,500 summer internships across Pennsylvania.

The Chester County Workforce Development Board aims to produce workers equipped to compete in the global economy while simultaneously meeting the regional labor market needs. With SLIP, young adults and students within the age range can receive a variety of experiences in offices across the county and state.

“I encourage any and all young people — from current high school students to college graduates — to look into these internships,” Dinniman said. “Not only do these internships provide experiences to kickstart a career, they also help local businesses and industries find qualified employees.”