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) covers the costs of the training program.
What is the Program?
The initiative provides a training pipeline to develop skilled workers for Electric Boat (EB), members of the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA), and other regional employers. The initiative offers several options including: short-term classroom training, online training options, and job search assistance for jobseekers who are unemployed or underemployed. The training is designed to fit the specific hiring needs of EB, EAMA, and other local manufacturers. It is anticipated that EB will have hundreds of job openings during the coming years.
FAQ - Training
What kind of training is available?
Training programs target: Inside Machinist, Outside Machinist, Welding, Carpentry, Painting, Pipefitting, Shipfitting, Sheetmetal Worker, Outside Electrician/Electronics Mechanic, and Design/Drafting as job demand requires. The value of the training is estimated to be as high as $6,400.
Who is providing this training?
Training is currently offered by Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Ella Grasso Technical High School in Groton, Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson & Willimantic, and the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in Westerly, RI.
Online Manufacturing Training options are offered by the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) and coordinated by ETI, one of EWIB's partners. The classes are offered through Metrix Learning, a leader in online training.
How long does the training last?
The intensive, work-based classroom training programs are typically 5 to 10 weeks long. Many of the classes are 6-1/2 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.
Due to the overwhelming demand, it is unlikely that every person who applies will be able to receive classroom training. Options for online manufacturing training, and guided job search assistance are also available.
Do I get paid wages during the classroom training?
There are no wages paid during the classroom training.
What happens after the classroom training?
Many of the graduates receive job offers from Electric Boat that include an additional 6-weeks of on-the-job training. Other graduates may find positions with EAMA-member companies or other manufacturers. Job search assistance is available and other hiring incentives may be available.
NOTE: To work at 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). You will receive a confirmation email.
- Steps include:
- Attending an online Manufacturing Skills Inventory session. Your current skills will be measured to demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the classroom training program. This session covers basic shop math, ruler reading, spatial reasoning, and shop safety. Other specialized assessments (i.e., welding) may be required depending on the type of training desired. An average score of 70% is required to advance to classroom training.
Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements of the Manufacturing Skills Inventory will be offered an intensive two-week Education Refresher course to improve their scores, or be referred to the American Job Center for further assistance.
- Completing a profile on the CT Department of Labor’s website (www.CTHires.com). You will need to upload a resume on this site.
If you need assistance completing a profile on CTHIires.com, visit the CTHires Registration or Related Workshops section of this website.
- Completing a profile on the Electric Boat website (www.gdeb.com/careers). You will need to upload a resume on this site.
If you need assistance with creating a resume, visit the Related Workshops section of this website for more information about resources available to you at the American Job Centers.
3. Once these steps are completed, you will be scheduled to attend an Information Session where you will learn more about the training and job search opportunities available, and hear from a representative from Electric Boat.
At that time, you will be given the opportunity to choose from several paths:
a. Short-term Classroom Training and/or Online Training
b. Job Search Assistance c. Both
- If you change your e-mail address or phone number, you should e-mail your changes to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your name and specify what has changed since you applied on the EWIB Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline portal (i.e., phone, e-mail, etc.).
- If you are no longer interested in the Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline, and do not wish to pursue training and/or job search assistance, please e-mail email@example.com to notify us. It would be very helpful to know why you are withdrawing (i.e., got a job, moved, no longer interested, other).
Is there assistance while in the Program?
Yes, there are supportive services available to participants while in classroom 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 classroom 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 underemployed, 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.