Frequently Asked Questions
The Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative Program is provided at NO COST to participants. A combination of Workforce Innovation Funds provided by the US Department of Labor, Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) and employer funding covers the costs of the training program.
What is the Program?
The initiative provides short-term classroom training for jobseekers who are unemployed or underemployed designed to fit the specific hiring needs of Electric Boat (EB), the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA), and other manufacturers. It is anticipated that EB will have hundreds of job openings during the coming years. This initiative provides a training pipeline to develop skilled workers for EB and other regional employers.
FAQ - Training
What kind of training is available?
Current occupational training programs include: Inside Machinist, Outside Machinist, Welding, Carpentry, Painting, Shipfitting, Sheetmetal Worker, Outside Electrician/Electronics Mechanic, and Pipefitting. Other trainings may be available as job demand requires. The value of the training is estimated to be as high as $5,000.
Who is providing this training?
The training programs are currently offered by Three Rivers Community College at Ella Grasso Technical High School in Groton, CT, and also at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, CT.
How long does the training last?
The intensive, work-based training programs are typically 5 to 10 weeks long. The classes last for 6 and 1/2 hours per day, five days per week for the duration of the training.
When is the training offered?
The goal of the Pipeline Initiative is to offer up to ten training classes per year. Every effort is being made to balance the training offerings geographically, and also to offer options for day and evening classes.
Do I get paid wages during the training?
There are no wages paid during the classroom training.
What happens after the training?
Many of the graduates receive job offers from Electric Boat that include an additional 20-30 weeks of on-the-job training. Other graduates may find positions with EAMA-member companies or other manufacturers. Some job search assistance is available and other hiring incentives may be available.
NOTE: To receive a job offer from EB, candidates must pass an employment interview, drug test, physical, and security clearance.
What do I need to do to get into the Program?
- Complete the application on the EWIB website (www.ewib.org/pipeline). Once it is reviewed by our staff, you will receive a follow-up email, normally within two weeks, which outlines the next steps.
- Steps will also include completing a profile the CT Department of Labor’s website (www.CTHires.com) and the Electric Boat website (www.gdeb.com/careers). You will need to include a résumé on both of these sites. After that is completed, you will be scheduled to attend an Assessment Session. If your score is high enough, you will then be scheduled to attend an Information Session, followed by meeting with the Case Manager, who will work with you to assign you to one of the scheduled trainings.
- If you have not been contacted by our staff within 4 weeks, please contact the AJC Coordinator, Charles Young, at Charles.Young@ct.gov, or (860) 439-7407.
- If you change your email address or phone number, you should re-apply to the EWIB Portal with the updated information.
- If you are no longer interested in enrolling in the training, you should wait until you receive the initial contact email and respond to that. Be sure to include your name and that you are no longer interested in the Manufacturing Pipeline.
How do I know I have the right aptitude for this training?
All prospective students will complete a comprehensive skills assessment in basic math, ruler reading, spatial reasoning and shop safety. Other specialized assessments may be required depending on the type of training. A passing score of 70% or above is required to proceed.
What happens if I don’t pass the skills assessment?
An Advisor will review your options with you. In most cases, you will have the opportunity to attend an intensive two-week, work-readiness program designed to help improve your test scores and prepare you for the training.
Is there assistance while in the Program?
Yes, there are supportive services available to participants while in training. Examples include: travel reimbursement, daycare assistance, and required books, tools, and clothing. Additionally, there is a cash stipend awarded to participants for successful completion of training benchmarks.
FAQ - Eligibility
Who is eligible for the Program?
All Connecticut residents who are unemployed or underemployed, 18 or older, and authorized to work in the U.S. are eligible for the Program. Residents of other states may be eligible if they are 18 or older, are authorized to work in the U.S., and were dislocated from an employer located in Connecticut.
I am working. Can I still get into this program?
Yes, if you are under-employed, which includes:
- working at a job that does not match your former wage or skill level (based on job title, wages, or benefits)
- working part-time for fewer than 32 hours a week (or Per Diem, or at a temporary position)
- having sporadic employment or frequent job changes
- recent graduates and/or those with limited work history.
FAQ - Other
How will this program affect my Unemployment Benefits?
Participation in this training program will not stop or extend your Unemployment Benefits. All unemployed and underemployed individuals interested in the program will be given equal consideration.
Completion of this application is required to advance to the next step.