– Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) attended a tour of USA Spares in Carlisle this morning with PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Executive Deputy Secretary Scott Dunkelberger.
“USA Spares is a cutting-edge company providing high-quality jobs to the community and creating equipment that is being used to support the U.S. military,” said Ecker. “I was thrilled to see the facility and workers in person. It is so important that we promote apprenticeships and other careers that do not require a typical four-year degree. People should know that there are options out there to help you provide for your family or kick-start a fulfilling career.”
USA Spares focuses on building parts to support equipment used by the U.S. Armed Forces, including parts for submarines, aircraft carriers, weapon systems and ships. Since 2001, the company has grown from just three employees to now employing more than 60 individuals within the 193rd District.
Company leaders told Ecker that the biggest challenge for them is finding skilled labor to join their company. They hope to use pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs and to work with local career fairs, high schools, trade schools and vocational technical schools.
DCED’s apprenticeship programs will help to cover certain classroom training and materials as well as bringing in instructors to teach classes. The program could also be used to support transitioning employees in training an apprentice who may be looking to replace them upon retirement.
For more information on the tour or Ecker’s future legislative goals for workforce development, please contact his office at 717-258-0247.
Representative Torren Ecker
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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