A recent article in the Westchester and Fairfield Counties Business Journals (‘Needle moving in right direction’ for CT manufacturers) highlights a conversation with Kelli Vallieres, named executive director of the newly-formed Connecticut Workforce Development Unit in July. The role of the unit is to work in conjunction with the Governor’s Workforce Council, to ensure that stakeholders are cooperating, coordinating and collaborating.
The Workforce Council recently published a 50-page “Workforce Strategic Plan”. The focus of this plan is to build an educational system that provides various tools to support students and job seekers while maintaining an infrastructure that tracks outcomes and progress of the workforce. Pages 37-39 of the plan focus on the manufacturing sector highlighting…
- key findings
- supply and demand dynamics
- proposed education and training strategy
- risk factors and barriers
From the impact of COVID on CT manufacturers to the need for “upskilling” or “reskilling” the article covers several topics. In the end, Vallieres speaks about breaking down the “silos” that exist which can be detrimental to all manufacturers. This tracks with CTmrg’s focus on Collective Impact. By working together, manufactures and all the people and organizations who support them, can ensure the best results.