Closeup of human hand writing at a conference.Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) offers many advanced manufacturing training programs throughout the year that may qualify for funding opportunities offered by the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA). WEDnetPA was created to make companies across the Commonwealth more competitive locally, nationally, and internationally by updating and improving the skills of their employees to meet specific company needs.

WEDnet offers two categories of training subjects, Essential Skills Training and Advanced Technology Training, both of which provide instruction in a variety of skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Last year, WEDnetPA revamped its guidelines to better address the higher-technology training needs of PA companies that are incorporating sophisticated technology into their operations—requiring workers with more advanced skill sets.

Essential Skills Training includes the areas of business operations, computers, quality assurance, and workplace health and safety. Advanced Technology Training covers computer programming, network administration, advanced machine operations and others.

The NWIRC offers classroom and onsite training covering elements which fall under the WEDnet categories, such as Principles of Lean, Value Stream Mapping, ISO Auditor Training, Advanced OSHA Compliance, Root Cause Analysis, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and ARC Flash to name a few. Specific NWIRC training course offerings are located at

Visit for more funding information, to find a WEDnet contact for your region, and to see if your company qualifies for reimbursement of training expenses. WEDnet representatives will be available for discussion and questions at the NWIRC’s HR Forum events this September. Click here to find an event scheduled near you.