NH Manufacturing Week Promotes Growing Industry and Associated Opportunities

Advanced manufacturing is a growing industry that needs an educated and qualified workforce to fill the numerous present and future job openings in the field. In New Hampshire, efforts are underway to develop the education and training infrastructure necessary to create the pipeline of potential employees qualified to perform increasingly skilled manufacturing labor. Unlike the manufacturing jobs of the past, these jobs offer clean, safe, and comfortable working environments that will challenge employees much more mentally than physically. 21st century manufacturing jobs offer pay and benefits that often beat what is offered in other industries.

The infrastructure investments made in the Granite State are being highlighted from October 4-10 during New Hampshire Manufacturing Week, which features events across the state. The events range from school and plant tours, open houses, and the Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit. The campaign to promote advanced manufacturing would not be possible without the cooperation between education institutions, the private sector, and the public sector to increase awareness of the opportunities created by advanced manufacturing and draw more potential workers to the field. New Hampshire is taking proactive steps to raise awareness of the training opportunities available for what promises to be an attractive career path for the next generation of workers.

“Manufacturing is our state’s number one industry, employing over 60,000 people,” said Christopher Way, interim director of the state Division of Economic Development. “The reach of the industry spreads far into the fabric of our communities and is an important part of our economy.” “This will be a great opportunity for manufacturers to open their doors to the community, high school students and their parents and talk about the great need for workers with advanced manufacturing skills,” said Zenagui Brahim, executive director of the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which creates and implements training programs for manufacturing companies. “New Hampshire manufacturing is still the driver for innovation, wealth and job creation.”

The The New England Council has long supported investment in advanced manufacturing as a means to promote economic growth and create new jobs.  Several years ago, the Council partnered with Deloitte to release a report, “Reexamining Advanced Manufacturing in a Networked World: Prospects for a Resurgence in New England,” which highlighted the potential for growth in this sector.  In addition, earlier this year, the Council supported legislation introduced by Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) to target federal investment in manufacturing..

The New England Council applauds the commitment to advanced manufacturing made by all of those involved in Manufacturing Week and urges thevarious groups involved to remain engaged to ensure that this important conversation and awareness campaign continues beyond this week.

 

Read more in the New Hampshire Business Review.

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