Lead by a convening team of members from the surrounding Chambers of Commerce, a group of like-minded business leaders in Northwest Connecticut have volunteered to help steer a new approach that the State of Connecticut is taking toward economic growth. The NRWIB’s alliance with the Next Generation Sector Partnerships formed the Northwest Connecticut Manufacturing Partnership, the first regionwide, industry-led effort of its kind. Its aim is to promote the benefits of manufacturing careers to key target audiences, as well as provide local education programs with insights on the latest industry trends and curriculum changes needed to train new manufacturing talent.
On September 15th, 2021, The NWCT Manufacturing Partnership spearheaded a one-day, multi-site job fair in Waterbury, Torrington, and Danbury, focused on Northwest CT’s manufacturing needs. The goal of this hiring event was to increase the interest in young people choosing manufacturing as a career, a greater proportion of local graduates choosing to stay rather than leave for manufacturing jobs outside the region, a growing number of career-changing adults choosing manufacturing, and more talent from outside our region choosing to work for local companies.
The event drew in talent by reaching out on social media, local news channels, educational facilities, as well as the department of labor. The turn out included 28 local hiring manufacturing companies and 70 job seeking candidates searching for employment within the manufacutring industry. Overall, the event was a great success towards a bright future for the manufacuring sector in the Northwest Region of Connecticut, and the beginning of an ongoing marketing campaign that will have several elements, each customized to a specific target audience: youth under 18, older youth 18-25, local manufacturing program graduates, adults over 25, permanent part-time workers, and older workers.
The Partnership welcomes your participation as an industry leader—or, as we like to say, industry champion! We are looking for champions to join Action Teams to help design and drive the regional campaign and the regional gathering with educational programs. We are also locking in support from public and community partners, natural allies in helping manufacturing thrive in Northwest Connecticut.
Together, for the first time in our region’s history, we hope to mobilize a large “coalition of the willing” in a sustained effort to grow the talent pool for manufacturing, ensuring the industry’s long-term success and lasting benefits for our residents and communities. To learn more about the Partnership and/or to get involved, visit www.nextgensectorpartnerships.com and reach out to John Melville at [email protected]