Berlin Connecting Workforce Event Brings Resources to the Region

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The third statewide programming event to raise awareness of New Hampshire’s available workforce resource programs is coming to Berlin on Tuesday, May 1 from 3 to 5 pm at The Bistro at White Mountains Community College (WMCC), 2020 Riverside Drive. The Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI) and ApprenticeshipNH organized and led the Connecting Workforce Resources Spring Tour, which focuses on matching employers in the core industries of construction, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and technology with resources to help them grow, attract and retain talent.

“The Connecting Workforce Resources Spring Tour offers businesses and their human resources teams the opportunity to explore available programs that are best suited to their operations and workforce efforts,” said Phil Przybyszewski, workforce solutions project director for the Sector Partnerships Initiative. “We’ve had great feedback from the community from the past two Resource Tours that we’ve held in Manchester and Keene and look forward to hosting the next one in Berlin.” 

The May 1 event is the third of five events that make up the Connecting Workforce Resources Spring Tour. The events align with a NH Department of Employment Services job fair, enabling attendees to go to both events. The event follows a speed networking format, and features overviews of the Sector Partnerships Initiative, ApprenticeshipNH, the Office of Workforce Opportunity, WorkReadyNH, the White Mountains Community College business training center and the Department of Employment Security. Following the initial overview presentations, attendees will then be able to go more in depth by selecting the three organizations that are best suited to the company’s workforce needs, and participating in 20-minute meetings with representatives from those programs and organizations. 

“New Hampshire has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country, making it difficult for companies to attract and retain talent,” said Anne Banks, workforce development administrator for the Community College System of New Hampshire and ApprenticeshipNH. “Coupled with New Hampshire’s aging workforce, companies that are not familiar with these programs face a seemingly insurmountable challenge. These events can provide the information companies need to overcome the workforce challenges they face.” 

Registration is available online. The Department of Employment Services job fair will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at St. Anne Hall, 304 School Street in Berlin.

The Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI) is a new industry-driven state-wide effort to help New Hampshire businesses in targeted industries address workforce needs. Focusing on five core industries – construction, health care, hospitality, manufacturing and technology – SPI assists companies in finding funding and training resources that provide employees with improved skills and career advancement opportunities. SPI also helps companies create a network to convene and collaborate with other companies on a regular basis to identify shared hiring, training and retention needs.

The ApprenticeshipNH Program, housed at the Community College System of New Hampshire, is a unique effort that prepares workers as Registered Apprentices to better compete in the modern workforce. Focusing on the Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Information Technology sectors, the ApprenticeshipNH Program provides workers with invaluable opportunities to pursue highly-skilled, high-paying jobs, and opportunities for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce in NH. The program is funded through a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.