Consistent with the goals and philosophy of Governor Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EED”) along with the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and Executive Office of Education distributed grants to advanced manufacturing training programs. These programs provide training to unemployed and underemployed individuals including veterans, minorities and women and that support the workforce needs of the Commonwealth’s globally competitive advanced manufacturing cluster.  

Grant Recipients:

Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc, Pittsfield - $138,038.00

The Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Program is targeting the region’s unemployed, under-employed and incumbent workforce to develop a career pathway, stackable credentials, and pipeline of employees for the manufacturing sector.  The training program will address the short and long-term workforce development needs of Berkshire County’s advanced manufacturing industries by offering Level I and Level II Certifications based on the Massachusetts Advancement Center’s Workforce Innovation Collaborative (MACWIC) framework, focused on basic manufacturing, CNC, paper/pulp, and workforce readiness skills. Short-term training will also include basic computer application, how to adapt to shift work, hoisting certification and intro to shield metal arc and gas welding. The project activities will offer participants basic skills training in core manufacturing processes, resulting in skills upgrade of the local workforce to improve job retention and career mobility options.  Partners in this project include area manufacturing employers, the local workforce investment board, Berkshire Community College, the area’s One-Stop Career Center, and two Vocational Technical High Schools. 

Center for Manufacturing Technology (CMT), Woburn - $111,451.00      

The Center for Manufacturing Technology (CMT) is a full-service Machine Shop training facility, founded in 2008 in response to an unprecedented demand for qualified personnel in the precision manufacturing industry. For the FY16 Advanced Manufacturing Training Program, CMT proposes to address the manufacturing skills gap in eastern Massachusetts by partnering with Career Centers to target veterans and recruit two cohorts of unemployed and underemployed workers for Introduction to General Machine Shop Practices. Workforce and employer partnerships developed for this initiative will provide job placement services for program graduates. To support EED” objectives for employer engagement and incumbent worker training, CMT will also offer two classes of Manufacturing Best Practices for Success for Boston Tooling & Machining Association (BTMA) members, for employer partners, and for additional precision manufacturers in the region.

E-Team Machinist Training Program, Lynn - $145,837.00               

In order to respond to this data driven and documented business need, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Inc. (REB) and its project partner, the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (WMNTMA) is requesting $108,918 to conduct the Manufacturing Technologies Training Program (MTTP) between December 1, 2015-June 30, 2016.  The REB will contract with Springfield Technical Community College, and part-time instructors from two (2) vocational technical high schools and one (1) advanced manufacturing company to train 18 unemployed/ underemployed adults, in particular veterans, career changers, and youth (18-26), and 75 incumbent employees of advanced manufacturing companies in the Pioneer Valley Region.

Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc, New Bedford - $229,729.64

The intention of the project is to create a pipeline for local employers with 24 job seekers who will participate in industry approved and credentialed precision manufacturing training.  The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has identified sufficient regional employer demand in the first half of 2016 that will result in a suitable number of employment opportunities.    Local employers need new workers trained and attuned to today’s manufacturing culture to maintain competitiveness and replace an aging workforce. In the past year the WIB led and project managed a 5 WIB Southeast regional effort - the Southeastern Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (SMAMC).  Knowledge gained leading the SMAMC in 2 regional forums and 5 business led steering committee meetings informed the WIB what type of pipeline training adds value to a prospective employee. The project team will be led by the WIB. Partners include: Career Center Operator - New Directions Southcoast, Inc.; several Employers named within;  Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, providing  industry credentialed training, Bristol Community College and the local vocational high school - all collaborating to  provide a quality training experience for the target population including underemployed/unemployed women, minorities and veterans.  Total budget for this project is $229,729.64.

Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Worcester - $250,000.00

Train 12 unemployed or under-employed individuals in the Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway Certification program (MACWIC Level 3) – a registered apprentice program -- at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and/or UMass Lowell with an 85% placement rate. Massachusetts is projected to have 100,000 manufacturing job openings by 2022. At the same time, manufacturing is experiencing a renaissance in the United States and Massachusetts’ manufacturers complain about the dearth of job applicants with the most rudimentary technical skills. WPI and UMass Lowell are the only two (2) MACWIC Level 3 training facilities in MA and provide a “quality career pathway” vetted by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) in Washington, DC. Participants are on an accelerated career pathway, leading to industry-developed, industry-recognized credentials and college credit—all possible while working full-time and earning while they learn.

Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, Cambridge - $220,000.00

NAMC Partners will initiate an intensive outreach and education effort through our Career Centers to identify and enroll women, people of color, young workers aged 19 – 25, veterans, and other underrepresented populations in precision machining and electronic technician training funded through EOLWD sources.  Our experience to date has shown that these populations do not readily enter training for these careers.  Yet our employer partners indicate a sincere interest in employing trained workers of these demographics, for diversity and work environment reasons.  These funds will allow for the development and implementation of unique and creative ways of reaching and preparing these populations.  Once identified and interested, the Career Centers, in partnership with our educational partners and NAMC Business Leadership Team, will provide an intensive, multi-week series of services, to allow for further exploration and introductory training to these students prior enrollment in existing EOLWD training efforts, which include pre-employment training or, where appropriate, enrollment into apprenticeship slots, or placements directly into the industry. Tools used will include Career Ready 101, TORQ, company tours, career speakers, simulations and other steps that inform, enthuse, and build commitment to careers in manufacturing.

Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Inc., Springfield, - $131,831.00

The Precision Manufacturing Regional Alliance Project (PMRAP) is an existing regional partnership organized to support the growth and competitiveness of advanced manufacturing in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts in which technology enabled advanced manufacturing is one of the most important industry sectors.  The majority of the companies are small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and are part of a supply chain utilizing high technology equipment, lean manufacturing, and world class technology development.  In order to remain competitive, the sector needs to ensure a technologically competent incumbent workforce and a sustainable pipeline of new qualified employees.

City of Somerville - $82,574.00

The SAMTC seeks $143,147.00 in funding to expand the advanced manufacturing training currently offered through Somerville Public Schools’ Career and Technical Vocational Education (CVTE). Through this effort, SAMTC will more than quadruple the number of low-income Somerville residents enrolled in advanced manufacturing training. Pathway 1: Intensive 500-hour program offered through daytime CVTE program which, for the first time, will be opened to post-graduates. Pathway 2: Part-time 150-hour program offered in evenings for the many residents who, for any number of reasons, cannot enroll in a daytime program. The MACWIC curriculum serves as the basis for hard-skill training; SkillsUSA will be used for soft-skill training; SAMTC’s social service agencies will provide intensive case management, and dual-enrollment in GED, ESL and financial literacy courses to ensure students excel in the industry upon program completion. Training pathways will run concurrently in January-June 2016. SAMTC includes the Mayor’s Office, SPS, local social service agencies and regional manufacturing employers. SAMTC emerged in response to employers’ growing need to fill manufacturing positions, the realization that CVTE’s machine shop is drastically underutilized, and partners’ commitment to helping the 14.8% of Somerville residents living in poverty find stable, middle-income job opportunities.

Tech Foundry, Springfield - $135,053.00

Tech Foundry proposes to implement a workforce-training program that leverages its current IT training program to enhance the advanced manufacturing job skills in the area.  Advanced manufacturing has a growing need for IT skills as part of its workforce development. Tech Foundry will leverage our curriculum, employer partner program, internship strategies and job placement capacity for this project.  The Tech Foundry program is a 14 to 16 week training program that combines full-time classroom instruction with full-time internship opportunities with our employer partners.  Students graduate from the Tech Foundry programs with skill badges to meet the needs of area employers. As part of the need for job skills training within advanced manufacturing is a growing understanding that IT skills are an increasing part of their workforce training needs.  Included with these skills are data analytics, networking, security programming and general IT support.  Additionally, these students will acquire significant soft skills training that are in high demand across the advanced manufacturing sector. Tech Foundry will target unemployed and underemployed young adults that have graduated from local technical high schools or are currently taking classes at area community colleges.  Most of these prospective students will come from low-income populations.  We will target students from Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties through our partnerships with local advanced manufacturing firms and educational institutions at both the high school and community college level.  We will also reach out to advocates with low-income populations and with communities of color. Our project team includes staff from our partners as well as volunteer instructors from local IT companies, schools, and advanced manufacturing companies.

Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, Greenfield - $85,000.00

The Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board will train 30-35 participants and will have placed as many as 80% in employment or in additional manufacturing education or training. In addition to education and advanced technical training, participants will receive intensive work readiness, job search, and job places services. The Board will hold monthly project implementation meetings with partners, and regular Employer Focus Group meetings to stay on top of new and changing industry needs.