Worker training discussed at local company
MILFORD – More than 25 manufacturers from around New Hampshire met at Hitchiner Manufacturing on July 12 to collaborate on a new approach to recruit and train workers.
The Sector Partnership Initiative is business-led, industry-driven, statewide initiative to help businesses in targeted industries address their workforce needs while also helping workers prepare for and advance in careers in these critical sectors.
The effort, which works with a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to the New Hampshire Office of Workforce Opportunity, joins manufacturers with common training and education needs with resources such as career and technical centers, community colleges and other funding sources.
"The primary thing I hear is how much you need a skilled workforce," Gov. Maggie Hassan said in a statement. "And with New Hampshire experiencing an unemployment rate of 2.5 percent, finding skilled labor to replace retirees is becoming increasingly difficult."
Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose said manufacturing is a "great career ladder opportunity where you could have real earning potential."
Val Zanchuck, president of the Jaffrey-based Graphicast and the new president of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, is chairman of the group. She said there are already examples underway in the initiative, including a consortium of four manufacturing companies in the North Country that worked with Little High School’s Hugh Gallen Career and Technical Center, the North Country Investment Corp. and White Mountains Community College to buy $340,000 worth of equipment to train job seekers in the region.
Company representatives will continue to meet to design programs in different clusters of manufacturing, including non-destructive testing, optics and others. The other sectors of the New Hampshire economy that will launch initiatives include health care, information technology and hospitality.
For more information, contact Anne Struthers at the New Hampshire Division Resources and Economic Development at 271-2591 or anne. firstname.lastname@example.org.