Editorial from EB President Jeffrey Geiger Lauding the Program
The E/CT Mfg. Pipeline program, managed by EWIB, is a particularly effective collaboration. This initiative offers short-term classroom & online training & job search assistance for the un- or under-employed, preparing them to meet the hiring needs of EB & other local manufacturers. In just 6-months, the Pipeline received 4,000 applications for training.
EWIB-sponsored study reveals strong job growth
All but buried in the state Department of Labor's latest monthly employment report was a sentence about how the Norwich-New London Labor Market Area was the fastest growing LMA in the state, having added 1,200 jobs since February 2016.
Emphasis upon the criticaltiy of education and training programs
"At a minimum, we want to make sure funds (for education and training programs) aren't cut," said Bates, who is now deputy secretary of the state. "At a maximum, we want to double down on these important investments."
Impressive growth in Norwich/New London LMA
"The Norwich-New London [Labor] Market Area (LMA) is now the fastest growing LMA (in the State) in percentage terms and magnitude since February 2016," the report said, according to a press release from the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board. The statement reflected the 1,200 jobs added in the region since a year earlier. EWIB said the statement covers only part of the momentum that is starting to get some real traction.
Stresses the necessity of workforce training program
"We can build additional submarines at Electric Boat, but if we don't have the workforce pipeline necessary to staff the supply chain, those jobs will go overseas," Murphy told Acosta. "At the Eastern Connecticut Manufacturing Pipeline, it's not about mismatched resources, it's simply about not having enough resources."