Brenda Francis, President and CEO of New Directions Southcoast, Inc., and Lisa A. Jochim, Director of Workers’ Education Program at UMD, look on as Liz O’Connor, Principal of Strategy Matters, facilitates the WIB retreat held on 9/28/16 at Wamsutta Club.
From left to right: Robert Perrotti (Teacher); Director, Vanessa Pimentel; Editor, Owen and Drew Fraga; Filming/Cameramen, Donna J. Ramos (GNBWIB); Producer, Camron Frazier; Cameraman, Bernadette Coelho; Headmaster and Aiden Parker; Graphics (not pictured)
WIB was introduced to EPEC through the Industrial Foundation. They acted quickly to assist us in writing a Workforce Training Grant to train our incumbent workers on both lean technical and soft skills and managed the grant for a nominal fee. Our employees have learned to work efficiently, more productively and mindful of reducing waste. We look forward to working with WIB on additional projects.
Working with them gave us the resources to be able to develop our staff in areas that have made them more efficient and we have been able to do it with approximately the same number of workforce.
Collectively, over the past 8 years, our company, among 6 others, with the help of the WIB, secured $770,000 to train 1,500 workers. The training was designed to improve our productivity and competitiveness in the global marketplace. A unique aspect to the training conducted was the integration of 60 unemployed job seekers to build a pool of trained workers for projected growth.
Precix has benefitted in its affiliation with the workforce development system for the past several years participating in 2 manufacturing sector training initiatives, using the career center to post job openings and prescreen potential employees, and contracting with the workforce investment board for On-the-Job Training (OJT) slots where we are subsidized to train long-term unemployed workers, and the worker has a guaranteed job upon successful completion of training.
Over the past eight years, the GNB WIB….has secured competitive grants totaling more than $1.8 million targeting health care, manufacturing, and the clean energy sectors. Twenty-eight employer organizations have been involved providing education and training services to 3,450 existing workers and 145 unemployed workers.
....Connecting Activities – a partnership of the WIB, the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and Bristol Community College that provides 400 internship opportunities for students in five area school districts hosted by more than 150 area employers. Funded by a $125,000 state grant, it leverages more than $600,000 in employer paid wages to participants and documents skill gains for MCAS-challenged students.
The WIB has partnered with us to provide critical grant funded programs to meet our continuing needs. Training grants such as the workforce training fund, workforce competitive fund, extended care ladder initiative, and nursing career ladder initiative have been of great assistance.
We are presently developing a regional consortia of health care employers to develop skills training programs for health care jobs in Southeastern Mass. Southcoast Health System is committed to developing our workforce and working with local and state agencies to develop the local workforce, so that we can continue to provide critically needed health care services to the residents of Southeastern Massachusetts