Secretary Bialecki Announces Grants to Support Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Training
LYNN – Tuesday, December 3, 2013 – Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki announced four awards today totaling more than $1.3 million to support regional programs to train unemployed and underemployed individuals, including veterans, for careers in the state’s advanced manufacturing industry.
“Massachusetts is on the cutting-edge among states in supporting the growth of 21st century manufacturing,” said Secretary Bialecki. “By collaborating with regional partners, we can help provide those looking for employment with the skills and knowledge necessary for careers in advanced manufacturing.”
The announcement was made at the Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, where the E-Team, one of today’s recipients, conducts its adult machinist training program. The E-Team/Essex County Community Organization received $46,735 to fully fund its adult machinist training program, which serves 30 adult students in the region. This is in addition to $90,000 that was included in the budget.
“The E-Team Machinist Training Program, a program of the Essex County Community Organization, wishes to thank Secretary Bialecki, his staff, and the Governor’s office for this tremendous opportunity to continue our mission of delivering quality adult education in the manufacturing field,” said the E-Team Program Director Tony Dunn.
Additional groups receiving funding today, which was established in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, include:
Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board – On behalf of the Southeastern Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board received $330,000 to help expand sustainable relationships with local manufactures to facilitate a strong and effective training and employment outcome for local residents looking for work in the industry.
Hampden Regional Employment Board – The Hampden Regional Employment Board will receive $444,208 in funding to support one year of their Precision Manufacturing Training Program, providing students with the skills necessary for careers in the industry.
Metro North Regional Employment Board – On behalf of the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, the Metro North Regional Employment Board will receive $500,000 in funding over the course of two years to help expand sustainable relationships with local manufacturers to facilitate a strong and effective training and employment outcome for local residents looking for work in the industry.
“The industry, workforce, and education partners involved in the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium are very excited about the impact this award will have on our capacity to effectively meet the needs of manufacturers in the region,” said Metro North Regional Employment Board Executive Director Linda Bass. “This work will be a major step in ensuring that manufacturing continues to thrive in our region for many years to come.”
“Manufacturing in the foundation for every strong economy and we need to revitalize our manufacturing base in Massachusetts,” said local manufacturer Michael Munday, President and CEO of Arwood Machine. “To this end, state government and private industry will need to work together to develop innovative training programs to ensure that adequate pipelines of qualified candidates are ready for the growing number of manufacturing careers, to truly leverage the opportunity to grow our economy. I am certain that if we all stand shoulder to shoulder and work hard we can exceed our goals.”
The Patrick Administration is committed to supporting the growth of advanced manufacturing in Massachusetts, an industry that is expected to require 100,000 jobs in the next decade and offers careers in a sector with an average annual salary of $75,000. In 2011, Governor Patrick created the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, a group comprised of leaders from industry, academia and government working together to enhance the competitiveness of Massachusetts manufacturing in 2011. In June, Governor Patrick announced the creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Regional Partnership Academy, a first-in-the-nation program designed to meet the manufacturing industry’s future workforce needs. The Academy will provide hands-on learning opportunities, and tool and peer-education to regional leaders, helping eliminate one of the industry’s chief concerns of finding well-trained employees to fill available jobs in manufacturing.
Most recently, in recognition of National Manufacturing Day, Governor Patrick announced the MIT-Community College Pilot Project, where the state’s community colleges and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are partnering to develop and implement state-of-the-art online learning and training resources to allow the Commonwealth’s community colleges to reach more students and expand lab space for hands-on teaching, an essential component of manufacturing training. By connecting MIT’s strength in online learning, simulation and gaming technology with the hands-on classroom instruction at community colleges, the Project will transform how manufacturing education is delivered and enhance and expand the state’s ability to train students from high school through college for advanced manufacturing careers. In addition, Governor Patrick announced the second round of funding under the AMP it Up! program, which works to increase awareness among young adults and their families on the opportunities for good jobs and careers in manufacturing.
Massachusetts is also a leading provider for veterans services, and the Patrick Administration continues to implement employment assistance and workforce training programs for members of the armed forces, veterans and their spouses.
For more on the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and its work to support the manufacturing industry and workforce, visit: www.mass.gov/hed/manufacturing.