PPG Foundation invests further £1.6m in student training

PPG and the PPG Foundation have announced a commitment to invest US$2 million (£1.64m) through 2025 to support workforce development initiatives that provide training and opportunities for future skilled workers in manufacturing and coatings application.

The commitment aims to introduce students to the diverse and high-tech career paths within modern industry and provide them with educational opportunities to pursue fields such as advanced manufacturing, automotive collision repair, automotive refinishing, and painting.

The PPG MoonWalk and PPG LINQ educational tools will be used in vocational schools in Europe.

Malesia Dunn, executive director of PPG Foundation and corporate global social responsibility, said: “We understand the importance of providing students with a hands-on, practical education that arms them with the advanced skills needed for career placements in technical and STEM- related fields. The PPG Foundation is a long-time supporter of workforce development programmes. As we recognise the important contributions of skilled workers during US Manufacturing Month in October, we’re dedicating our commitment to connect students with access to the tools and training needed for a vast range of career possibilities.”

Through existing and new partnerships with local technical schools, community colleges, and organisations, PPG and the PPG Foundation will support preparation and training for specialised industry certifications and careers. Current partners include:

  • Automotive Refinish Programmes: A sample of partner schools includes Rosedale Technical College in Pittsburgh; Delaware Area Career Centre in Delaware, Ohio; and Parkway West Career & Tech Centre, Pennsylvania. With the Collision Repair Education Foundation, the PPG Foundation is funding scholarships to train entry-level staff. In Europe, PPG MoonWalk and PPG LINQ educational tools will be used in vocational schools.
  • Chemical Coaters Association International Finishing Education Foundation (Lakewood Ranch, Fla): The PPG Foundation supported CCAI FEF as it collaborated with the Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation to grow its manufacturing summer camp programme for students aged 11-17.
  • Pickaway Ross Career & Technology Centre (Chillicothe, Ohio): To help students prepare for careers in robotics and automation, the PPG Foundation supported a simulation lab, Skill Boss Smart Factory, where students can earn the MSSC’s CPT+ Certification for manufacturing skills in safety, quality, production processes and maintenance awareness.
  • Manufacturing Institute (Washington): This PPG Foundation partnership has enabled diverse initiatives such as the Future Programme, facilitated by a partnership with a leading digital education provider, EVERFI, to bring STEM learning and career awareness to middle school students across the US.
  • Prague Crafts Academy (Hungary): A community engagement grant by PPG enabled the school to build an innovative and modern workshop for student painters to strengthen their skills. A PPG technical specialist also helped to train students who visited a PPG manufacturing facility.

“A recent National Association of Manufacturers survey indicates that a majority of manufacturers identify attracting and retaining a quality workforce as one of their biggest problems,” continued Dunn. “The PPG Foundation stands to open the door for future pipelines of talent and invest in programs that support the next generation of workers.”

PPG’s global community engagement efforts and the PPG Foundation aim to educate communities around the world. The company invested US$16.2 million in 2022, supporting hundreds of organisations across more than 35 countries.