From Lancaster to State College, and Williamsburg to Pittsburgh, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding traveled Pennsylvania last week highlighting the commonwealth’s seven state-certified agriculture apprenticeship programs and two pre-apprenticeships in honor of National Apprenticeship Week. Agriculture apprentices provide a pathway to fulfilling in-demand food and agriculture jobs, human capital that is critical to maintaining a safe, reliable food supply.
“Pennsylvania’s agricultural workforce is key to ensuring food goes from farm gate to the dinner plate. As we hit the road for National Apprenticeship Week, we are reminded how skilled agricultural labor is essential for the functionality of our food system at every step of the supply chain,” said Redding. “Apprenticeship programs are training the next generation of food and agriculture workers for in-demand, competitive jobs.