SPARK

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for 2018-19 high school graduates from any of the 16 public school districts in Lancaster County.

Program Overview

The SPARK project is a collaborative effort between educators, workforce development and business & industry. SPARK will provide training to 2018-19 high school graduates from any of the 16 public school districts in Lancaster County.  The focus of recruitment efforts during this 2018-19 school year will be on those “undecided” seniors, unemployed and underemployed workers.  What is an “undecided” senior?  Just like a college student without a major, an undecided senior has not declared their intended plans for life after graduation.

What opportunities exist?  Long gone are the days of taking time to explore life, travel the world, come back home to work at the local plant and start a family.  Young adults that choose to enter the workforce to explore or decide their future at a later date often become caught up in a cycle or unskilled, low paying jobs.  Those lucky enough to make a decision to upgrade their education or training will typically wish they had decided earlier.  The SPARK collaborative will work with the area school districts and CareerLink of Lancaster County to identify students in their 12th grade year that have not “declared” a major and unemployed workers.  The LCCTC and its partners will schedule sessions to discuss training opportunities and the job opportunities that are available after completion of the SPARK project.

A growing need to align training to workforce needs to meet the demand of employers is vital to the long-term growth and success of Lancaster County.  The LCCTC is the area career and technical training provider and we hope that projects such as SPARK can expand partnerships and increase engagement of manufacturing employers.  Lancaster has a burgeoning small business industry of manufacturing employers that have a great vision in their future needs.

The U.S., like other rich nations, is in the early stages of a period of dramatic population aging. The share of the population 60 and older increased from 16.8 percent in 1990 to 18.5 percent in 2011; by 2025, United Nations demographers predict that nearly one-quarter of the United States will be in this cohort. The manufacturing sector appears to be disproportionately experiencing the ramifications of an aging workforce. In 2000, the median age of the manufacturing workforce—at 40.5—was 1.1 years above the median age of the total non-farm workforce. By 2012, this gap doubled, with the median age in manufacturing being 44.7 years versus 42.3 years for the total non-farm workforce.

Manufacturing Institute, www.manufacturinginstitute.org Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey (October, 2013)

The program will consist of industry training Monday –Thursday on campus and industry tours on Fridays.  The program will culminate with a career fair with employers.

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