The Pennsylvania Talent Pipeline Project Expands to Pittsburgh

For Immediate Release

PITTSBURGH, PA – A Pennsylvania Talent Pipeline Project round table discussion was held on April 7, 2022, at the Community College of Allegheny County, West Hills Center to gauge the Pittsburgh Region’s demand to support the Submarine Industrial Base Suppliers with the Program Management, education, training, and coaching to enable Employers to re-capitalize their workforce with skilled trade talent to better meet the future production demands of the Navy.  CMDCM(SS) Josh Sturgill, Command Master Chief for PEO SSN, PEO SSBN, PEO UWS, met with Pittsburgh Region Employers, Career and Technical Education Programs, and Facilitators and listened to how the Talent Pipeline Project could be customized to the Pittsburgh Region’s specific circumstance.

The discussion focused on expanding the Pennsylvania Pipeline Project to Pittsburgh. The Pennsylvania Pipeline Project strives to educate employers about talent acquisition and retention, and through building relationships and talent pipelines at area high schools, community colleges, and CTE centers. The expansion to the Pittsburgh Region will enable another pipeline of talent and aims to build a skilled workforce for the submarine industrial base.  Over the next several months the Program Management Team will be identifying partners, conducting assessments, and preparing for the 1st year of implementation beginning with a Kickoff Meeting on June 15, 2022

In May 2021, The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the U.S. Navy launched an initiative with the mission of energizing and engaging the Greater Philadelphia defense industrial base through the creation of maritime focused manufacturing pipelines that recapitalize the defense workforce and address critical trade skill gaps required across the maritime and defense ecosystems (U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, Maritime Administration (MARAD)).  Trade needs for this industry include welders, machinists, metal fabricators, electricians, ship fitters, NDT/Quality Assurance to name a few.

“The Demand Signal demonstrated today clearly displayed the Pittsburgh Region will benefit from the Submarine Talent Pipeline Project’s support and we will move forward. The Pittsburgh Region is critical to the future growth of the Submarine Industrial Base and assisting them in building reliable year over year talent pipelines is as important as any machine or building. This is a do not fail mission.” Stated by CMDCM(SS) Josh Sturgill. The Pennsylvania Talent Pipeline Project will engage the Pittsburgh economy by creating and sustaining a maritime and defense industrial base focused workforce pipeline that enables employers to re-capitalize their workforce through recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining skilled workforce members with critical trade skills for one year as productive and engaged new employees.

Employers that are part of the critical maritime supply chains will commit to hire and retain program graduates into well-paying and mission-critical careers. The goal is to grow their unique talents and ensure long-term success within the maritime defense industry.


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Contact:       Pauline Sumner

Submarine Industrial Base, PEO SSBN


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