Connecting Workforce Resources event aims to educateBy MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader
March 18. 2018 10:59PM
MANCHESTER — Businesses looking to attract workers or retain the ones they have can learn about several workforce development efforts March 29.
“We’re looking for people within organizations in the greater Manchester area that have a workforce responsibility in their organization to come and learn more about a variety of programs that offer different ways to attract and possibly do employee retraining,” said Matt Cookson, who through his company, Cookson Strategies, is providing marketing assistance.
The Connecting Workforce Resources Spring Tour makes its first stop at Manchester Community College, in the multipurpose room, from 1 to 3 p.m.
It will focus on five industries: construction, health care, hospitality, manufacturing and technology.
Additional events will take place in Keene, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Berlin this spring.
“Give employers a quick overview and let them do a speed-dialing, deeper dive into areas that they believe might give them the best opportunity to attract or retrain employees,” Cookson said Friday.
Each event will feature representatives from the Sector Partnerships Initiative, ApprenticeshipNH, the Office of Workforce Opportunity, Work Ready, individual college business training centers at each local community college and the Department of Employment Security.
The Sector Partnerships Initiative is a new industry-driven statewide effort to help New Hampshire businesses in targeted industries find funding and training resources that provide employees with improved skills and career advancement opportunities.
The ApprenticeshipNH Program, housed at the Community College System of New Hampshire, prepares workers as registered apprentices to better compete for jobs with a focus on advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology.
“Many businesses may be unaware of the full range of resources available, so we have created this tour to bring a more complete menu of resources into five communities to allow company representatives to learn and see what might align best with their workforce development plans,” said Phil Przybyszewski, workforce solutions project director for the Sector Partnerships Initiative.
Meanwhile, the state will run a job fair the same day a few miles away at the University of New Hampshire’s multipurpose room, 88 Commercial St., that will run from 4 to 7 p.m.