Yearly Archives 2018

Massachusetts Marine Trade Association

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA), through their educational trust initiative, has launched a new website to help connect interested individuals to marine trade training and careers. Scholarships are available for high school students or graduates who are Massachusetts residents and intend to pursue careers in the marine industry. If you enjoy hands on work and have a passion for boating a career in the marine trades could be for you.

Visit http://massboatingcareers.com/

MASSACHUSETTS MARINE TRADES EDUCATIONAL TRUST (MMTET)

MMTET is a nonprofit foundation, approved by the IRS, which funds efforts to accomplish the educational goals of the Massachusetts Marine Trades. Currently Five trustees govern the foundation and the MMTA Educational Committee serves as an advisory panel for the Trust. Current MMTET initiatives include establishing an institution of higher learning for marine and environmental studies called the Ocean Campus Center, assisting in the establishment and continuance of marine technology programs on the high school and college levels across the commonwealth, and pursuing opportunities and events for getting more kids on the water. In addition, the MMTET awards scholarships to deserving individuals pursuing careers in the MA marine trades and awards grants to nonprofit youth boating programs in Massachusetts.

Northeast Regional Labor Market Blueprint Released

Across Massachusetts, economic growth is currently constrained by a labor shortage that many jobseekers cannot fill because they don’t possess requisite skills. For the past nine months, in partnership with the Massachusetts Workforce Skills Cabinet, the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, and Greater Lowell Workforce Boards led a region-wide planning effort to develop strategies that bridge this gap. Included in this effort were the region’s workforce, economic development, education, and business leaders.

The resultant Northeast Regional Labor Market Blueprint outlines priority and critical industries and occupations and strategies to support these industries and occupations.

The Northeast Regional Labor Market Blueprint is available here

Future of Work on the North Shore Final Report

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The North Shore Workforce Investment Board (NSWIB) and the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development (Alliance) joined forces in the early winter of 2016 to the North Shore Community on an 18 month research and planning initiative called the “The Future of Work on the North Shore“.

The Alliance and NSWIB are responsible for providing economic and workforce services to all North Shore companies and residents. Both organizations recognize the pace of social and economic change happening now and into the future. Together they are committed to understanding the vision, goals, barriers, and challenges that North Shore businesses are experiencing, or anticipate experiencing, and to developing solutions that result in continued growth and prosperity.

The NSWIB Labor Market Blueprint and Economic Development Snapshot, prepared in partnership with the Alliance in late 2015, provided a status report of the North Shore economy. This included a historic review of how the economy has been supported to date, what has and has not worked, and how the lessons learned can innovated for greater success.

The Future of Work on the North Shore sought out the opinions, ideas, and priorities of various North Shore industries sector leaders and stakeholders as they look forward. This information is being used to develop an Action Plan through which workforce and economic resources are used efficiently and expediently.

Read The Future of Work on the North Shore

March 8, 2018 NSWIB Board Meeting Postponed – until April 19, 2018

March 8, 2018 North Shore WIB Board Meeting Postponed due to weather – until April 19, 2018 8am

Bostik Partners with NAMC to Fund Apprenticeships – $5,000 per Apprentice

Bruce Innis Maintenance Manager, Kate O’Malley Project Coordinator NAMC, Sandra Efstratiou Disability Resource Coordinator NSCareer Center, Diane Bee Sr. Human Resources Rep., Robin Dion NAMC Consortium Manager, Steve Goodwin Maintenance Mechanic, Adam Heathman Instrumentation Specialist

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Department of Career Services, and the MA Division of Apprentice Standards has been awarded a $2.9 million American Apprenticeship Grant. These funds will be used to support the Massachusetts Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) which will support 300 MA residents to gain apprenticeship training.

The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC), a partnership of 4 workforce investment boards and regional manufacturers, is actively working with local manufacturers to enroll new hires and existing workers into registered apprenticeship training programs. NAMC can offer up to $5,000 per apprentice to help subsidize specialized training delivered outside the workplace or for internal training.

Bostik, a global leader in adhesive technologies, partnered with NAMC to train two apprentices.
“The skills required for today’s workforce are at an all-time high. Additionally, the shortage of skilled labor for the manufacturing sector is a regional concern for the North Shore. The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium has helped Bostik address this shortage by expanding its reach with recruiting efforts and training opportunities. The Consortium’s Apprenticeship Program has provided financial assistance enabling us to increase the skills of our workers more quickly than traditional methods with limited interruptions. The partnership has yielded tremendous benefits for our business. Although the program has been great for Bostik, the real economic benefit to the North Shore would be for all manufacturers to partner with the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium to help keep manufacturing jobs alive and well in Boston’s North Shore.”
-Bruce Innis, Maintenance Manager

NAMC will help you develop an apprenticeship training plan that meets your company’s unique needs. Apprenticeships can be used to develop higher level skills in dedicated incumbent manufacturing workers, or for an office worker, a maintenance mechanic, a supervisor or manager, or any other position.

To arrange a discussion about how your company can receive apprenticeship funding,

Please contact:
BRIAN NORRIS
Director, NAMC
Phone: 978-857-5394
bnorris@mvwib.org


Timberline Communications, Inc Partners with NAMC to Fund Apprenticeships – $5,000 per Apprentice

Steven P. Kelly President, Ken Zink Wireless Operations Manager, Josh America Tower Technician Apprentice, Andrea Kingman Manager Employer Services Career Works Brockton, Joseph Guidebeck Wireless Director of Strategic Development, Kate O’Malley Project Coordinator NAMC , Robin Dion  NAMC Consortium Manager.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Department of Career Services, and the MA Division of Apprentice Standards has been awarded a $2.9 million American Apprenticeship Grant. These funds will be used to support the Massachusetts Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) which will support 300 MA residents to gain apprenticeship training.

The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC), a partnership of 4 workforce investment boards and regional manufacturers, is actively working with local manufacturers to enroll new hires and existing workers into registered apprenticeship training programs. NAMC can offer up to $5,000 per apprentice to help subsidize specialized training delivered outside the workplace or for internal training.

Timberline Communications Inc, has recently enrolled their second Apprentice as a Tower Technician I. Timberline is excited to be participating in the Massachusetts Apprenticeship Initiative. Timberline Communications has identified the value that the MAI program provides as it helps to create a structured training program that focuses on delivering a safe and process controlled Tower Technician Apprenticeship Program.

NAMC will help you develop an apprenticeship training plan that meets your company’s unique needs. Apprenticeships can be used to develop higher level skills in dedicated incumbent manufacturing workers, or for an office worker, a maintenance mechanic, a supervisor or manager, or any other position.

To arrange a discussion about how your company can receive apprenticeship funding,

Please contact:

BRIAN NORRIS
Director, NAMC
Phone: 978-857-5394
bnorris@mvwib.org

NORTHEAST REGIONAL LABOR MARKET BLUEPRINT – DRAFT NOW AVAILABLE for PUBLIC REVIEW and COMMENT

Across Massachusetts, economic growth is currently constrained by a labor shortage that many jobseekers cannot fill because they don’t possess requisite skills. For the past nine months, in partnership with the Massachusetts Workforce Skills Cabinet, the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, and Greater Lowell Workforce Boards led a region-wide planning effort to develop strategies that bridge this gap. Included in this effort were the region’s workforce, economic development, education, and business leaders.

The resultant Northeast Regional Labor Market Blueprint outlines priority and critical industries and occupations and strategies to support these industries and occupations.

This draft Blueprint is now available for public review and comment through March 2, 2018.  Once the comment period ends, the Blueprint will be finalized and become a focal point for resource allocations and programs that will strengthen the Northeast economy now and into the future.

Interested parties can obtain a draft of the Labor Market Blueprint here: Northeast Regional Labor Market Blueprint

Comment period has closed.

Please submit via email, with subject indicating “Comments on Regional Plan”, to:
Maquisha Alleyne at malleyne@northshorewib.com
Tel. 978-741-3805

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