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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.

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

North Shore WDA WIOA Local Plan FY18

The North Shore Workforce Investment Board has made it’s Northeast Region WIOA Local Plan for Fiscal Year 2018 available for public comment until August 31, 2018.

Read the North Shore WDA WIOA Local Plan FY18

Questions or comments can be made to:

Mary Sarris
msarris@northshorewib.com

Executive Plan FY 2017

WIOA FY’17 Executive Summary &  Plan— Click here to download the Executive Summary and FY’17 Workforce Plan for the North Shore WIB.

North Shore WIB Honored by Obama Administration

A team from The North Shore Workforce Investment Board, the North Shore Career Center, North Shore Community Action Program, and North Shore Community College, was honored in Washington DC on February 16th by the Obama administration for developing a pilot program aimed at helping companies solve their need for talented workers.

The North Shore WIB led this team in a Customer-Centered Design Project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor aimed at determining how companies successfully find employees that best fit their workforce needs. The North Shore WIB, North Shore Career Center, North Shore Community College, North Shore Community Action Programs, and the state Department of Career Services worked together to devise new processes that foster a faster match between the employer and job seeker.

The team, dubbed the North Shore Workforce Innovent, used a customer-centered design research technique that focuses on carefully listening to those involved in an issue to develop appropriate and efficient responses.

The team from the North Shore was picked as one of 11 winners out of more than 70 workforce boards that participated in the Customer-Centered Design Project. The group headed to Washington, D.C. on Feb. 16 for an event at the White House.

“We are so honored to have been chosen for this opportunity,” said Eastern Bank’s Nancy Stager, North Shore WIB chair and member of the team. “We look forward to sharing our project with the other 10 teams and learning what other innovations we might implement here on the North Shore.”

Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, who serves as chief elected official of the North Shore WIB, expressed enthusiasm about the honor. “We are so fortunate to be part of this elite group of workforce professionals working to serve companies and job seekers in a very complex and ever-changing environment,” Mayor Driscoll said. “I know our North Shore Workforce Innovent group will come back from D.C. ready to build an even better workforce system, and I look forward, along with my municipal elected leaders across our 19 cities and towns, to being part of this effort.”

The team implemented both short-term and long-term processes to better meet employers’ need for workers. The new systems reflect companies’ priorities, skill needs and overall culture, enabling Career Center staff to quickly forward job applicants that are an appropriate match.

Over the next year, the Career Center will also work with Salem State University to develop efficient LEAN techniques – a management tool used in manufacturing sectors that improves efficiency and accuracy. LEAN techniques set daily goals, track errors, and find ways to improve processes.

“At our Career Centers, we like to think we are efficient and smooth at handling both job seekers and companies. But we have never analyzed it like a manufacturing company would analyze their processes,” North Shore WIB Director Mary Sarris said.

Learn more about Demand Driven Candidate Referral

Read the North Shore Innovent Team Summary

Demand Driven Candidate Referral Model

Step 1:
The “Virtual Job Order” – A Business initiated job posting listed on the Massachusetts Job Quest system. This is the Commonwealth’s free online job board. The system has been designed so the staff of the Career Centers do not receive notice when a local employer posts a job opportunity directly to this job board.

The Work Around – The North Shore Career Center now generates an ad hoc report to search for these business initiated job postings. This Employers Report is generated three (3) times per week with virtual job listings that are from businesses across the North Shore (SDA).

The Pilot Project – We are targeting virtual jobs orders that are common to the Manufacturing/Construction and Financial Services/Health Care industry clusters for this rollout period.
Over the period of the past six weeks we have targeted nearly 100 virtual job listings from these industries for inclusion in the pilot portion of this effort.

We are committed to having a member from the Career Center’s Business Services Unit (BSU) reach out to the HR contact of a Business that appear on the Employer Report within 24 hours of their identification to discuss the job posting to converse  about three basic elements:

•    If the company is still seeking candidates for the opening (Demand)
•    Is there a clear understanding on the part of the BSU regarding the technical and soft skills requirements that the business values in potential candidates (Priorities)
•    Develop mutual agreement about the company’s timeline to fill the position (Urgency)

Step 2:
The Job Match – Within 72 hours of the initial Business contact our BSU staff works with the other members of their Industry Sector Team to conduct both an automated system match, from our customer tracking database (MOSES) as well as a manual candidate match, utilizing a Career Center-based customer database to capture recent customers visiting any of our North Shore Career Center sites. These match efforts are designed to identify referrals. These referrals are pre-screened to ensure that the job seeker candidate meets the specifications that the Human Resources contact person has discussed with the BSU member. The goal is to make pre-screened referrals to the Business within this 72 hour period after initial contact.

Step 3:
The Outcome – Better candidate referrals, timely referrals, referrals that translate into hires for the business, quality referrals equate to strong employee retention, stronger relationships with area businesses.

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