Two state labor agencies have been awarded grants to train workers for manufacturing jobs in industries that are having trouble finding employees. This should help put more workers in the pipeline, helping job seekers and the state’s economy.
The Workforce Alliance Manufacturing Careers Partnership will receive $3.45 million to recruit, screen, assess and train youth and adults for job placement. The Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board Manufacturing Industry Partnership will receive $1.25 million.
Another Workforce Alliance program, which recently ran for five weeks in Wallingford, was designed to help veterans and their families compete for skilled manufacturing jobs.
"With all the advancements on the manufacturing floor come a corresponding need to improve our approach to developing the workforce necessary to ensure success," Workforce Alliance President William Villano said in a statement.
Workforce Alliance's award will allow for the expansion of Skill Up for Manufacturing, which has already launched two five-week cycles in 2019 and has another class beginning Monday at Gateway Community College in New Haven. There will also be classes at Middlesex Community College and partnerships with high schools and employers.
Advanced manufacturing is showing strong growth in Connecticut and an increasing number of workers in these careers are nearing retirement age, said state Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby.
With the ongoing work of the state’s regional technical high schools, plus programs such as these, Connecticut’s workforce will be better prepared for the future.
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