MARLBOROUGH – Assabet Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, in conjunction with MassHire MetroSouth/West, successfully hosted the 2022 Fall Manufacturing Summit.
On Friday, October 7, Assabet Valley Tech hosted approximately 18 business leaders from MetroWest and Central Massachusetts to celebrate Manufacturing Day. The public discussion was designed to allow companies to discuss ideas and propose solutions to the labor shortage in the manufacturing sector.
MassHire Metro South/West Business Services Manager, Sean Marshall, introduced and spoke to attendees about a variety of resources companies could use to increase interest in manufacturing jobs. Resources featured for job seekers and employers included various career institutes, recorded apprenticeships, business development programs tailored to business and recruitment needs, podcasts on demystifying manufacturing and how to use and apply grants.
Additionally, nine high school students from Advanced Manufacturing attended the presentation to learn about upcoming career fair events and resources for students looking to pursue a career in manufacturing.
There is currently a labor shortage in the field of manufacturing careers and the summit presented a way for business leaders to generate ideas to get students and individuals more interested in this work. Marshall explained how students could become involved or interested in manufacturing work. By eliminating the stigma of manufacturing work, companies can create a more welcoming environment for students and people who want to pursue a career in manufacturing.
Marshall also spoke about the importance of community connection. By having a strong community connection, businesses and schools can broaden their candidate pools to populations or demographics they may not initially think of. Getting creative with different opportunities and programs can inspire applicants for a career they may not have considered before.
At the end of the discussion, business leaders were able to network and collaborate on ideas for their own specific businesses, including how they could grow their workforce locally.
“I would like to thank MassHire Metro South/West for their continued support of our programs here at Assabet Tech,” said Mary May, Director of Workforce and Economic Development for Assabet Valley Tech. “It was an opportunity to bring companies together so that they could find solutions to offer students post-training and employment opportunities in the field of their choice. The success of these programs is directly linked to the support we have received from manufacturing companies.
Students who participate in manufacturing programs at vocational/technical schools have an abundance of opportunities in the world of manufacturing. Manufacturing programs allow students to pursue their dreams with hands-on experience and continued growth in the field.
In addition to fabrication programs, Assabet Community Education also offers training in welding, electrical journeyman, plumber’s apprentice, HVAC, and cosmetology.
MassHire Metro South/West, in conjunction with the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, will also be hosting other manufacturing events throughout October.
To learn more about upcoming events for employers and job seekers, click here.
Companies and organizations participating in the Fall Manufacturing Summit 2022 included: MassHire, City of Acton, Marlborough Economic Development Corporation, Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical Institute, Metro West Chamber of Commerce, Minuteman Technical Institute , Assabet Valley Technical Institute, Middlesex College Community, Norfolk’s Sheriff’s Department, Rolls-Royce North America, Pro-Drive Technologies, Riverdale Mills, Gooch & Housego and MASS MEP.