Careers in Manufacturing
“NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS HAS A RICH HISTORY IN MANUFACTURING TRADITION,
including the birthplace of American plastics industry in Leominster, the area is home to more than 430 manufacturers, including dozens of multinational corporations. Companies range from the world-class plastics industry cluster of more than 140 companies to pharmaceuticals to photonics and paper, as well as biomedical devices. A strong and stable business base exists here, as well as rapidly growing industrial/commercial areas such as Devens Business Park.
North Central Massachusetts is unique among workforce areas in the state in that it has double the number of manufacturing jobs as a percentage of the private labor force. Fully one-third of all private wages paid in the region are from manufacturing jobs. The region also boasts the largest plastics industry cluster in the Northeast. This is why we say that North Central Massachusetts is “Where Manufacturing Matters.”
– North Central MA Chamber of Commerce: “Doing Business Here in North Central Massachusetts.”
Provide support and identify resources for manufacturing. At least two members from the Manufacturing sector sit on the North Central MA Workforce Board
Market the Workforce Training Fund Program
Increase the pipeline of available skilled workers and up-skill incumbent employees.
Participate in opportunities to secure grants & funding to provide relevant training programs & career pathway
Meet or exceed the goals of the NEG
Continue to work on training for advanced manufacturing positions, CNC operators and entry level
Develop job driven strategies to post and fill critical manufacturing positions
Promote STEMPOWER.org that contains contacts, postings and discussions used in the H1-B manufacturing project
Support the North Central Chamber of Commerce “Amp it Up” program
Support local community college and vocational schools to develop curriculum for critical and emerging manufacturing needs.
Support applications for new curriculum and equipment for training students in manufacturing (Perkins, TAACCCT, etc.).
Engage local employers in grant projects and on project advisory committees
Maintain strong manufacturing partnershipsbetween key business and training providers to ensure training meets the needs of businesses.