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AMETEK Funds Two Workforce Development Programs

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

AMETEK Foundation Funds Two Workforce Development Programs from the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks

The AMETEK Foundation, the charitable giving arm of AMETEK, Inc., has donated $15,000 to the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks in Pennsylvania. The grant will enable more people to participate in a series of workplace development courses aimed at employees and business owners in the city Reading and surrounding areas in Berks County.

Reading Alloys, a business within the Specialty Metal Products division of AMETEK, Inc., chose the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks as it falls within the Foundation’s desire to support workforce development. Reading Alloys became familiar with the Literacy Council programs since they enrolled one employee in their English as a Second Language (ESL) training, believing that employees at all levels of the organization should receive training and development for their personal and professional growth.

More than half of the Foundation money will support the Literacy Council’s “Workforce Development” program. The intended audience is broad and participants will receive training on essential soft skills in the workplace, such as communicating with others and conflict resolution, as well as English language lessons as needed. Course participants will also take part in a mentoring and job shadowing plan that will enable them to see how the skills they have learned are put into practice.

The AMETEK Foundation’s funding is intended to support three Workforce Development courses through 2019 and 2020 including a new evening course offering. This course is currently being updated and could benefit from additional employer input for maximum effectiveness, please contact Laurie Dawkins, Associate Director - Workplace Learning of the Literacy Council, at

The remaining funds will support a separate, six-week “Workplace Professionalism” program aimed at business owners and emerging leaders within local companies in the city of Reading and surrounding Berks County. The course will provide proactive support and advice for individuals and organizations seeking to strengthen relationships with their local communities and develop networking skills to attract new business and opportunities as well as provide English language lessons as needed through a hybrid in-class and online format. The Foundation’s grant will enable the Literacy Council to provide this course free of charge for up to 10 individuals. The next session of this program begins October 14, 2019. Interested individuals should contact Laurie Dawkins, Associate Director - Workplace Learning of the Literacy Council, at

The AMETEK Foundation strives to support important local initiatives such as the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks. The goal is to provide financial support to charitable and not-for-profit initiatives that are based in the local communities in which AMETEK businesses operate. Our focus areas of interest include arts and culture, education, human services and community economic development.

More information about the AMETEK Foundation is available at Learn more about the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks at