Industry Initiatives

Manufacturing

Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium

The North Shore WIB is a member of the Northeast Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC). NAMC is an initiative started by four WIBs: North Shore, Greater Lowell, Lower Merrimack Valley, and Metro North REB and is led by a group of Manufacturers to develop a skilled advance manufacturing workforce in the Northeast of Massachusetts and to promote regional collaboration on issues relevant to manufacturing industry. Training has been developed through the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund for Machining and Electronics.

The Consortium meets monthly with a focus on the following:

• Identification of demand occupations/skills and developing training solutions in collaboration with manufacturers, e.g., stackable credentials
• Curriculum /career path development based on industry input
• Coordination of academic learning and on-site work experience
• Resource development to support consortium goals
• Comprehensive outreach campaign to manufacturing employers in the Northeast region of Massachusetts

Industry Partners

Krohne, Innovent, Paradigm, Mircoline Surgical

Other Partners

Essex Technical Vocational Schools, Peabody Vocational Technical High School, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, North Shore Career Center, North Shore Community College

For More Information

Please contact Kate O’Malley at 978.741.3805

or visit NAMC’s website for more information

NAMC Supports Apprenticeship Training

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

“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

Timberline Communications & NAMC Team

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(Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium), Robin Dion NAMC Consortium Manager.

Timberline Communications Inc, has recently enrolled their second Apprentice as a Tower Technician I. Timberline is excited to be participating in the MAI (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. Companies that enroll employee’s into the Massachusetts Apprenticeship Initiative are eligible to receive up to $5,000 to support related technical instruction.


Jobs in Aerospace Manufacturing – Legacy Programming

The Jobs in Aerospace Manufacturing (JAM) Project is an industry-lead machinist training program designed to enhance the ability of aerospace manufacturing companies to hire, train, and grow their workforce. The primary goal of the project is to develop and implement a system in which entry-level workers can successfully enter and remain in the aerospace manufacturing. An additional project component is to work with the incumbent workers at our partner companies to increase their skill levels and improve their employment positions.

Industry Partners

Bomco, Boston Centerless, Hansen Engineering, Middleton Aerospace Corporation, Wilbur Tracey Associates

Other Partners

North Shore Career Center, North Shore Community College, The E-Team Machinist Training Program

For More Information

Please contact the WIB office at 978.741.3805


Healthcare

Home Centered Healthcare

This project provides training for Medical Assistants employed at the Northeast Physicians Health Organization and Northeast Health Systems in skills that lead to the certification of physician practices as Patient Centered Medical Homes. This certification leads to enhanced patient care and satisfaction, along with cost growth containment as related to the Health Care Cost Containment Act.

Partners

North Shore Community College, Salem State University, Northeast Physician Health Organization. Northeast Health System

For More Information

Please contact the WIB office at 978.741.3805


Working Cities- Legacy Program

The Working Cities Challenges is a special initiative to break down barriers between the City of Salem’s Point Neighborhood and the rest of City. The initiative responded to actions recommended in a Vision and Action Plan, developed to improve the quality of life for the Point’s primarily immigrant population. The initiative’s goal is to improve the Point’s unemployment rate, income levels and levels of civic participation.

Keys elements relating to workforce development included:

• Establishing an industry leaders roundtable to discuss how to formulate a pipeline of employment between Point residents and area major employers;
• Successfully running a Career Readiness and Microsoft Office program (with ESOL supports) catered to nineteen (19) native Spanish speakers living in the Point – fifteen (15) of the participants continued onto Occupational Skills

Training in the area of (Nurse Assistant, Phlebotomy and EKG) with clinical placements at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, located in Salem.

Partners

The Latino Leadership Coalition, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), North Shore Community Development Coalition, Inc., North Shore Community College, North Shore Medical Center, North Shore Workforce Investment Board, North Shore Career Center, Point Neighborhood Association, Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs, LEAP for Education, Salem State University, The Enterprise Center, and The Salem Partnership.

For More Information

Please contact the WIB office at 978.741.3805


North Shore – Healthcare Skills Gap Partnership – Legacy Program

health-careThe North Shore Healthcare Skills Partnership is a consortium of education providers, healthcare employers, and the North Shore WIB to provide career pathways within the healthcare industry.

The Partnership will enroll participants within certificate based programs at North Shore Community College that will include certified Nurse Aide, surgical tech, certified medical assistant, gerontology activity specialist, and medical billing.

In addition, two new healthcare certificate programs will be implemented at North Shore Community College and will include a combined Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)/Medical Assistant certificate program an enhanced LPN course that provides a higher skilled nurse to local extended care facilities.

Partners

North Shore Community College, North Shore Career Centers, North Shore Workforce Investment Board

For More Information

Please contact Ed O’Sullivan at 978.741.3805

or visit the Healthcare Skills Gap Partnership legacy page


Health Care Learning Network – Legacy Programming

teacherMany health care employers have adopted “grow your own” strategy, because incumbent workers are familiar with working in a health care environment and have developed significant patient care skills, and because the investment increases worker commitment to the organization.

A collaborative of health care industry and health education executives have created the concept of a new education model, the Health Care Learning Network (HCLN) to prepare for post-secondary education programs.

Using the latest in instructional and learning outcomes management technology, the HCLNTM will deliver college preparatory coursework to front-line health care workers as a strategy to address critical professional shortages within these facilities and to improve overall customer service.

Industry Partners

Kindred Healthcare (which includes Den-Mar Rehab & Nursing Center, Bringham Manor Nursing and Rehab Center, Country Rehab & Nursing Center, Hammersmith House Nursing Care Center and Blueberry Hill Skilled Nursing & Rehab), Ledgewood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, Seacoast Nursing and Rehab Center

Other Partners

North Shore Career Center, Merrimack Valley WIB, Greater Lowell WIB, Metro Southwest WIB, Essex County Community Organization, World Education, Inc.

For More Information

Please contact the WIB office at 978.741.3805
View Department of Labor Evaluation 
View HCLN Earmark Final Report 


Financial Services

Pathways into Financial Services – Legacy Programming

bankThe purpose of this project is to provide support to the North Shore banking industry as they work to find and keep quality employees at the entry level and move them onto a banking career ladder.

Additionally, it is to help North Shore ABE/ESOL students who are completing this course work and getting ready to transition into employment and/or higher education.

Industry Partners

Eastern Bank, Danvers Bank, Salem Five, North Shore Bank

Other Partners

North Shore Career Centers, Operation Bootstrap, Lynn Public Schools, North Shore Workforce Investment Board

For More Information

Please contact the WIB office at 978.741.3805


Construction

Youthbuild

YouthBuild North Shore is program that provides low-income youth an opportunity to earn a high school diploma while they learn construction trade skills and volunteer in the community. Construction skills are learned hands on building affordable housing on the North Shore. All YouthBuild students are Americorps members, which will entitle them to receive a $1500 post-secondary education award upon the completion of 450 hours of community service in 12-month period. The North Shore Community Development Coalition manages YouthBuild with grant funding from the U.S Department of Labor, AmeriCorps, MA Department Secondary and Elementary Education, and the North Shore WIB.

Partners

Massachusetts Department of Secondary and Elementary Education, North Shore Community Development Coalition, North Shore Workforce Investment Board, United States Department of Labor, AmeriCorps

For More Information

Please contact the WIB office at 978-741.3805

or visit North Shore Community Development Coalition’s website


Northeast Energy Sector Partnership – Legacy Programming

The Northeast Energy Sector Partnership (NESP) creates an integrated system of education and training that promotes skill attainment and career pathway development s in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. The objectives of NESP are to support training for the regions unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers and companies. NESP established Building Analyst training where program participants developed skills including but not limited to weatherization, home energy auditing, and resource management. Successful completion of the program resulted in participants passing the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certification Exam.

Partners

Northern Essex Community College, North Shore Career Centers, North Shore Workforce Investment Board, North Shore Community College, Salem State University, University of Massachusetts – Lowell

For More Information

Please contact the WIB office at 978.741.3805

or visit our Northeast Energy Sector Partnership legacy page