There are an estimated 9,300 manufacturing job openings in Connecticut’s nearly 4,500 manufacturing firms (based on CBIA’s 2014 Survey of Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Needs). This number will grow to more than 3 million openings over the next decade (according to Deloitte University’s data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and Gallup survey).
The number of job openings and the workforce shortage continues to rise due to our aging population, new product lines, and a lack of interest and skills in the manufacturing industry. How do you find new hires for your high-skill manufacturing jobs? How can you ensure sufficient development of your new workforce hires?
Your local workforce board has recruitment and development programs for you. These free employment programs help you recruit the skilled workforce you need with a variety of strategic services including:
- Recruitment options that allow you to remain anonymous
- Qualified referrals and pre-qualified job candidates with matching skills
- Social media postings
- Customized job orders and listings
- Updated emails and job board postings
- On-site recruitment, job fairs, and applicant matching
There are several programs available to help manufacturers develop their workforce. These include the Step-up Program, Platform to Employment, Ready to Work Program, Job Driven National Emergency Grant, and Add Us In/Diversity Works.
The workforce development benefits they offer are:
- Subsidized training with reimbursement for new hires for six months.
- Matching job seekers to open positions with an eight-week trial work experience to evaluate and assist new hires.
- 50% to 75% salary reimbursement during on the job training.
- Hiring assistance and job support for minorities and people with disabilities.
Each workforce board offers programs specific to each region in Connecticut. CTmrg helps our clients to navigate the ones available to your firm. Call us today to learn how we can help you get the workforce recruitment and development you need to grow.