State investments in the workforce expand local opportunities

State Senator John Cronin

Building a strong economic engine for North Central Massachusetts is a key priority for me and my team. Over the past year, I have worked with colleagues in the Legislative Assembly to invest in the creation of well-paying jobs for the benefit of North Central residents and businesses. Over the past year, over $100 million has been invested in workforce development, making this the perfect time for individuals to improve their earning potential and local businesses to grow. a reliable pool of labor for their future.

At the center of this effort is the North Central MassHire Career Center located here in Leominster. MassHire’s mission is to connect workers and employers with the training, resources and skills pipelines they need to thrive. As a result of unprecedented investments made by the Legislative Assembly, MassHire of North Central has expanded its staff, service reach and operational capacity. In addition to connecting job seekers with employers, MassHire works directly with high-demand industries to provide existing and potential employees with the free training they need to stay on the cutting edge of their field.

This year, MassHire has created a new “Market Maker” program to work with area employers to identify long-term needs and goals. Market makers help companies create skills pipelines, connect with qualified candidates, and fill new or vacant positions. This translates into a highly skilled labor market, better paying jobs, lower costs for employers and improved overall economic vitality.

This model has already been put to the test, with employers like AIS of Leominster taking advantage of the wealth of training opportunities in the area. Companies like AIS continue to use the MassHire model to retrain current employees and train new employees to avoid production disruptions due to outsourced labor. This not only keeps our businesses running, but also provides residents of North Central Massachusetts with countless opportunities to obtain stable, well-paying jobs and contribute to our regional economy. Over the next decade, around 30,000 to 40,000 workers a year – many of them women, young people, minorities and people without college degrees – will need to retrain to keep their jobs.

Given this future need, the Legislative Assembly’s investments in workforce development are even more crucial. The training opportunities offered by MassHire not only ensure that these people can keep their jobs, but also provide them with the opportunity to start exciting new careers and allow them to continue to work, live and raise a family here in North Central.

Along with increased funding for vocational and career-focused education, these investments will help stabilize our regional workforce, expand economic opportunity, and set North Central on the path to prosperity and success. in the 21st century. To workers and employers wondering how they can stay ahead, I strongly encourage you to contact your local MassHire Career Center by visiting their website (massshirenorthcentralcc.com) and use the variety of free opportunities already available.

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