BERLIN - Because of a growing number of manufacturing jobs in Connecticut and a lack of skilled workers, the town will host Manufacturing Education Connection on Thursday, March 14, to provide employers with resources that will help them connect with the next generation of workers.
Manufacturing Education Connection will take place at the Berlin Community Center, located at 230 Kensington Road., from 5 to 7 p.m.
Christopher Edge, Berlin economic development director, said the event will serve as a resource gathering for employers, employees, students and individuals looking to try a different career.
“This event is important as it will highlight the resources available for growing manufacturing and service firms in Central Connecticut to tap into the up and coming labor pool as well as for students looking to find out where opportunities exist,” Edge said.
The free event will have guest speakers from various institutions including the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and Goodwin College. Attendees must RSVP before March 14.
Edge said that another issue among manufacturers is that workers sometimes move from company to company, but businesses can play a role in planning ways to retain employees.
Local schools are also taking part in preparing students for careers in manufacturing at an early age. In New Britain, CREC Academy of Science and Innovation offers programs for students in middle and high school to develop an eye for careers in STEM. New Britain High School is also planning on adding a manufacturing, engineering and technology academy to prepare high school students for STEM careers. This academy will have pieces of equipment like the ones found at manufacturing companies to allow students to practice the skills needed in the workplace.
To learn more about the Manufacturing Education Connection contact Edge at 860-828-7005 or email@example.com.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.