Manufacturing Initiative2019-01-16T13:35:21+00:00


New Initiative to Support Manufacturers on the South Shore

In the spring of 2018 the MassHire South Shore Workforce Board established the South Shore Manufacturing Advisory Group, which consists of representatives from area manufacturers, educational institutions and industry associations.  The Advisory Group is working diligently on the implementation of a variety of action items identified in the recently completed Manufacturing on the South Shore of Massachusetts Report, which identified that the manufacturing industry sector is a significant economic engine for the South Shore.

The South Shore is home to over 400 manufacturers and the industry requires a steady pipeline of workers if it is to continue to grow and prosper.  Manufacturing jobs require a higher skill level today than in the past and wages have begun to reflect this specialization.  Workers take home an average of $20,000 more than the average non-manufacturing employee in Massachusetts as stated by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. 

Click here to access a copy of the report for additional information.

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National Celebrate Manufacturing events across the South Shore in the Month of October 2018

The MassHire South Shore Workforce Board kicked-off the Nationwide Celebrate Manufacturing month with events at South Shore Vocational Technical High School and Silver Lake Regional High School on Friday, October 5th – which is Celebrate Manufacturing Day across the Country. 

The Friday morning kick-off at South Shore Vo-Tech included the official unveiling of a new video to promote the manufacturing industry in the South Shore, as well as a discussion on the various career pathway opportunities available in advanced manufacturing today.  Presentations were given by representatives of the South Shore Manufacturing Advisory Group and employees from Tech-Etch, Inc. from Plymouth and Zildjian Cymbal’s from Norwell.

The MassHire South Shore Workforce Board Manufacturing Advisory Group capped off a busy fall with numerous presentations at local schools throughout the South Shore. A recap of the initiative and list of objectives for 2019 is available in the Manufacturing Advisory Groups January Update. Click here to obtain a copy.

Help Design Curriculum and Training for a Skilled Workforce

The consistent challenge expressed by area manufacturers throughout the region is a need to fill their expanding workforce demands to keep up with the needs of their customers, and grow their business operations.  Finding quality workers with the basic training needed to enter the company’s workforce is a challenge that the South Shore Manufacturing Advisory Group is trying to address.  Working with area Colleges and High Schools Advisory Group members are developing an after- hours curriculum for high school students, young adults and mature job seekers to prepare them with the basic skillsets necessary to embark on a career in manufacturing, as well as curriculum options that will provide individuals college credits that can be utilized towards a degree program.  We are seeking input from manufacturers on the types of training they would like to see new hires have.  

If you are interested in this program and offering your thoughts/ideas please click here to send a note of interest.

Seeking Apprenticeship and Internship Opportunities

Offering paid apprenticeships and internships is a great way to find new talent of all ages interested in working in the manufacturing industry.  The Advisory Group is looking to establish a data base of companies that offer these opportunities in our region so that we can effectively link area students and jobseekers interested in a manufacturing career with the opportunities available. 

If your company offers these programs or is interested in finding out more about how to establish an apprenticeship and/or internship program please click here and we will help you through the process.

Career Opportunities in Manufacturing

The transformation of materials, substances or components into new products is considered manufacturing, and as such this industry encompasses a variety of business sectors from auto, medical, aerospace, technology, energy, and robotics to food & beverage, clothing, fishing agriculture and more. Advanced Manufacturing combines new information technology with advanced machinery. Manufacturing is considered one of the country’s most critical industry sectors, and with over 400 companies on the South Shore it remains a critical driver of our local economy as well. In Massachusetts, manufacturing generates about 10% of the state’s GDP and accounts for about 6% of the total employment base with wage growth of over 27% expected over the next ten years.

Advanced Manufacturing career opportunities require a skilled workforce with wage and compensation benefits that are outpacing those of other industries within the region. A career in manufacturing offers a variety of entry points whether you are a recent high school graduate, participated in a specialized certification program, or completed a 2-4 year college degree. The MassHire South Shore Workforce Board works in collaboration with partnering Workforce Boards across the region to provide specialized training and certificate programs that meet the workforce needs of area companies. Contact our office by clicking here  to receive a current list of program offerings.

Information on Career Pathways in manufacturing is available through these helpful links.

Dream It Do It – Careers in Manufacturing

US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Manufacturing Career Outlook

My Next Move – Machinists

Make it in Massachusetts

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