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Two CT manufacturing companies named National 2017 Young Adult Employer Champions - Pathways to Apprenticeship

June 1, 2017

EAST HARTFORD, Conn.— June 1, 2017– Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford announced today that TRUMPF Inc., of Farmington and Wepco Plastics Inc., of Middlefield are two of nine U.S. employers to be named “2016 Young Adult Employer Champions – Pathways to Apprenticeship” by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Now in its third year, the National Fund Young Adult Employer Champions Program honors employers who provide high-quality jobs and successfully hire and retain 18-25-year-old young adults who are unemployed or underemployed and not enrolled in school. Two area manufacturers were honored in each of the first two years of this award, noting the region’s commitment to young adult employment in this sector.

Added this year, the Young Adult Employer Champions – Pathways to Apprenticeship is for employers that participate in pre-apprenticeship and/or apprenticeship programs which prepare youth for in-demand occupations.

Christine Benz, training manager, TRUMPF, explained, “High-tech manufacturing firms like TRUMPF need innovative ideas to develop their workforce. Apprenticeship programs are a win-win for employers and young employees. Employers gain a highly-skilled and loyal workforce, and young employees gain high-quality, tuition free education and a promising start into a successful career.“

David Parmelee, president, Wepco Plastics Inc. added, “In order for us to be successful as a company, we need to find and train young adults and ensure that they are successful. We want these people to love working with us and choose Wepco to pursue their career goals. This area is also home for our families and friends and we understand that we can play a pivotal role in making our community a better place to live.“

Nominations for recognition are submitted by National Fund regional collaboratives, their partners, or

TRUMPF and Wepco and the four previous winners were nominated by the Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership (AMEP), a regional employer workforce collaborative managed on behalf of Workforce Solutions by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT). AMEP brings together a diverse spectrum of public/private organizations to address the workforce development and training needs of employers and entry-level workers in the Greater Hartford region. AMEP’s employer network is co-convened by CCAT and Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), the region’s workforce development board.

“Area manufacturers are committed to growing their workforce. It’s a win for everyone: the young person who now has a career path, the employer who remains competitive, and the community at-large. We’re proud to be AMEP’s partner and demonstrate that together with employers and community partners, we’re addressing the ‘skills mismatch’ in manufacturing,” said Paula S. Gilberto, chair, Workforce Solutions and president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

Workforce Solutions, in partnership with CCAT and CWP, has been focused on developing a skilled manufacturing labor force in the region for several years. According to the 2017 Survey of Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Needs, produced by CBIA and the National Science Foundation Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, Connecticut's manufacturers say they need more than 13,000 workers by the end of next year. (find the survey here)

The National Fund’s approach to promoting regional prosperity centers on meeting the needs of employers, while at the same time preparing unemployed and underemployed workers for careers with living wages. “Young adults are essential components of that strategy, and the National Fund is proud to celebrate employer leaders who have the vision to recognize young adults’ potential, and the commitment to help prepare and hire them in good jobs,” said President and CEO Fred Dedrick.

About Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford
Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford (Workforce Solutions) is a funders’ collaborative that invests in the development of a workforce with skills regional employers need to compete successfully in today's economy. Funders include Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Nutmeg Foundation, Melville Foundation, Prudential Foundation, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and Walmart Foundation. The collaborative brings together a diverse group of public/private organizations to address the workforce development needs of employers as well as the education and training needs of low-income, low-skilled workers in the Greater Hartford region. Learn more at workforce-solutions.org

About National Fund for Workforce Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two CT Manufacturing Companies Named National
“2017 Young Adult Employer Champions - Pathways to Apprenticeship”


TRUMPF Inc. and Wepco Plastics Inc. are two of nine U.S. companies honored by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions for participating in pre-apprenticeship and/or apprenticeship programs which prepare youth for in-demand occupations.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn.— June 1, 2017– Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford announced today that TRUMPF Inc., of Farmington and Wepco Plastics Inc., of Middlefield are two of nine U.S. employers to be named “2016 Young Adult Employer Champions – Pathways to Apprenticeship” by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Now in its third year, the National Fund Young Adult Employer Champions Program honors employers who provide high-quality jobs and successfully hire and retain 18-25-year-old young adults who are unemployed or underemployed and not enrolled in school. Two area manufacturers were honored in each of the first two years of this award, noting the region’s commitment to young adult employment in this sector.

Added this year, the Young Adult Employer Champions – Pathways to Apprenticeship is for employers that participate in pre-apprenticeship and/or apprenticeship programs which prepare youth for in-demand occupations.

Christine Benz, training manager, TRUMPF, explained, “High-tech manufacturing firms like TRUMPF need innovative ideas to develop their workforce. Apprenticeship programs are a win-win for employers and young employees. Employers gain a highly-skilled and loyal workforce, and young employees gain high-quality, tuition free education and a promising start into a successful career.“

David Parmelee, president, Wepco Plastics Inc. added, “In order for us to be successful as a company, we need to find and train young adults and ensure that they are successful. We want these people to love working with us and choose Wepco to pursue their career goals. This area is also home for our families and friends and we understand that we can play a pivotal role in making our community a better place to live.“

Nominations for recognition are submitted by National Fund regional collaboratives, their partners, or

TRUMPF and Wepco and the four previous winners were nominated by the Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership (AMEP), a regional employer workforce collaborative managed on behalf of Workforce Solutions by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT). AMEP brings together a diverse spectrum of public/private organizations to address the workforce development and training needs of employers and entry-level workers in the Greater Hartford region. AMEP’s employer network is co-convened by CCAT and Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), the region’s workforce development board.

“Area manufacturers are committed to growing their workforce. It’s a win for everyone: the young person who now has a career path, the employer who remains competitive, and the community at-large. We’re proud to be AMEP’s partner and demonstrate that together with employers and community partners, we’re addressing the ‘skills mismatch’ in manufacturing,” said Paula S. Gilberto, chair, Workforce Solutions and president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

Workforce Solutions, in partnership with CCAT and CWP, has been focused on developing a skilled manufacturing labor force in the region for several years. According to the 2017 Survey of Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Needs, produced by CBIA and the National Science Foundation Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, Connecticut's manufacturers say they need more than 13,000 workers by the end of next year. (find the survey here)

The National Fund’s approach to promoting regional prosperity centers on meeting the needs of employers, while at the same time preparing unemployed and underemployed workers for careers with living wages. “Young adults are essential components of that strategy, and the National Fund is proud to celebrate employer leaders who have the vision to recognize young adults’ potential, and the commitment to help prepare and hire them in good jobs,” said President and CEO Fred Dedrick.

About Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford
Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford (Workforce Solutions) is a funders’ collaborative that invests in the development of a workforce with skills regional employers need to compete successfully in today's economy. Funders include Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Nutmeg Foundation, Melville Foundation, Prudential Foundation, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and Walmart Foundation. The collaborative brings together a diverse group of public/private organizations to address the workforce development needs of employers as well as the education and training needs of low-income, low-skilled workers in the Greater Hartford region. Learn more at workforce-solutions.org

About National Fund for Workforce Solutions
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is a growing national partnership of employers, communities, workers, and philanthropy. Together, they invest in more than 36 regional funder collaborativ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two CT Manufacturing Companies Named National
“2017 Young Adult Employer Champions - Pathways to Apprenticeship”


TRUMPF Inc. and Wepco Plastics Inc. are two of nine U.S. companies honored by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions for participating in pre-apprenticeship and/or apprenticeship programs which prepare youth for in-demand occupations.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn.— June 1, 2017– Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford announced today that TRUMPF Inc., of Farmington and Wepco Plastics Inc., of Middlefield are two of nine U.S. employers to be named “2016 Young Adult Employer Champions – Pathways to Apprenticeship” by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Now in its third year, the National Fund Young Adult Employer Champions Program honors employers who provide high-quality jobs and successfully hire and retain 18-25-year-old young adults who are unemployed or underemployed and not enrolled in school. Two area manufacturers were honored in each of the first two years of this award, noting the region’s commitment to young adult employment in this sector.

Added this year, the Young Adult Employer Champions – Pathways to Apprenticeship is for employers that participate in pre-apprenticeship and/or apprenticeship programs which prepare youth for in-demand occupations.

Christine Benz, training manager, TRUMPF, explained, “High-tech manufacturing firms like TRUMPF need innovative ideas to develop their workforce. Apprenticeship programs are a win-win for employers and young employees. Employers gain a highly-skilled and loyal workforce, and young employees gain high-quality, tuition free education and a promising start into a successful career.“

David Parmelee, president, Wepco Plastics Inc. added, “In order for us to be successful as a company, we need to find and train young adults and ensure that they are successful. We want these people to love working with us and choose Wepco to pursue their career goals. This area is also home for our families and friends and we understand that we can play a pivotal role in making our community a better place to live.“

Nominations for recognition are submitted by National Fund regional collaboratives, their partners, or

TRUMPF and Wepco and the four previous winners were nominated by the Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership (AMEP), a regional employer workforce collaborative managed on behalf of Workforce Solutions by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT). AMEP brings together a diverse spectrum of public/private organizations to address the workforce development and training needs of employers and entry-level workers in the Greater Hartford region. AMEP’s employer network is co-convened by CCAT and Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), the region’s workforce development board.

“Area manufacturers are committed to growing their workforce. It’s a win for everyone: the young person who now has a career path, the employer who remains competitive, and the community at-large. We’re proud to be AMEP’s partner and demonstrate that together with employers and community partners, we’re addressing the ‘skills mismatch’ in manufacturing,” said Paula S. Gilberto, chair, Workforce Solutions and president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

Workforce Solutions, in partnership with CCAT and CWP, has been focused on developing a skilled manufacturing labor force in the region for several years. According to the 2017 Survey of Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Needs, produced by CBIA and the National Science Foundation Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, Connecticut's manufacturers say they need more than 13,000 workers by the end of next year. (find the survey here)

The National Fund’s approach to promoting regional prosperity centers on meeting the needs of employers, while at the same time preparing unemployed and underemployed workers for careers with living wages. “Young adults are essential components of that strategy, and the National Fund is proud to celebrate employer leaders who have the vision to recognize young adults’ potential, and the commitment to help prepare and hire them in good jobs,” said President and CEO Fred Dedrick.

About Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford
Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford (Workforce Solutions) is a funders’ collaborative that invests in the development of a workforce with skills regional employers need to compete successfully in today's economy. Funders include Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Nutmeg Foundation, Melville Foundation, Prudential Foundation, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and Walmart Foundation. The collaborative brings together a diverse group of public/private organizations to address the workforce development needs of employers as well as the education and training needs of low-income, low-skilled workers in the Greater Hartford region. Learn more at workforce-solutions.org

About National Fund for Workforce Solutions
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is a growing national partnership of employers, communities, workers, and philanthropy. Together, they invest in more than 36 regional funder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two CT Manufacturing Companies Named National
“2017 Young Adult Employer Champions - Pathways to Apprenticeship”


TRUMPF Inc. and Wepco Plastics Inc. are two of nine U.S. companies honored by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions for participating in pre-apprenticeship and/or apprenticeship programs which prepare youth for in-demand occupations.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn.— June 1, 2017– Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford announced today that TRUMPF Inc., of Farmington and Wepco Plastics Inc., of Middlefield are two of nine U.S. employers to be named “2016 Young Adult Employer Champions – Pathways to Apprenticeship” by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Now in its third year, the National Fund Young Adult Employer Champions Program honors employers who provide high-quality jobs and successfully hire and retain 18-25-year-old young adults who are unemployed or underemployed and not enrolled in school. Two area manufacturers were honored in each of the first two years of this award, noting the region’s commitment to young adult employment in this sector.

Added this year, the Young Adult Employer Champions – Pathways to Apprenticeship is for employers that participate in pre-apprenticeship and/or apprenticeship programs which prepare youth for in-demand occupations.

Christine Benz, training manager, TRUMPF, explained, “High-tech manufacturing firms like TRUMPF need innovative ideas to develop their workforce. Apprenticeship programs are a win-win for employers and young employees. Employers gain a highly-skilled and loyal workforce, and young employees gain high-quality, tuition free education and a promising start into a successful career.“

David Parmelee, president, Wepco Plastics Inc. added, “In order for us to be successful as a company, we need to find and train young adults and ensure that they are successful. We want these people to love working with us and choose Wepco to pursue their career goals. This area is also home for our families and friends and we understand that we can play a pivotal role in making our community a better place to live.“

Nominations for recognition are submitted by National Fund regional collaboratives, their partners, or

TRUMPF and Wepco and the four previous winners were nominated by the Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership (AMEP), a regional employer workforce collaborative managed on behalf of Workforce Solutions by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT). AMEP brings together a diverse spectrum of public/private organizations to address the workforce development and training needs of employers and entry-level workers in the Greater Hartford region. AMEP’s employer network is co-convened by CCAT and Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), the region’s workforce development board.

“Area manufacturers are committed to growing their workforce. It’s a win for everyone: the young person who now has a career path, the employer who remains competitive, and the community at-large. We’re proud to be AMEP’s partner and demonstrate that together with employers and community partners, we’re addressing the ‘skills mismatch’ in manufacturing,” said Paula S. Gilberto, chair, Workforce Solutions and president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

Workforce Solutions, in partnership with CCAT and CWP, has been focused on developing a skilled manufacturing labor force in the region for several years. According to the 2017 Survey of Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Needs, produced by CBIA and the National Science Foundation Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, Connecticut's manufacturers say they need more than 13,000 workers by the end of next year. (find the survey here)

The National Fund’s approach to promoting regional prosperity centers on meeting the needs of employers, while at the same time preparing unemployed and underemployed workers for careers with living wages. “Young adults are essential components of that strategy, and the National Fund is proud to celebrate employer leaders who have the vision to recognize young adults’ potential, and the commitment to help prepare and hire them in good jobs,” said President and CEO Fred Dedrick.

About Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford
Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford (Workforce Solutions) is a funders’ collaborative that invests in the development of a workforce with skills regional employers need to compete successfully in today's economy. Funders include Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Nutmeg Foundation, Melville Foundation, Prudential Foundation, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and Walmart Foundation. The collaborative brings together a diverse group of public/private organizations to address the workforce development needs of employers as well as the education and training needs of low-income, low-skilled workers in the Greater Hartford region. Learn more at workforce-solutions.org

About National Fund for Workforce Solutions
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is a growing national partnership of employers, communities, workers, and philanthropy. Together, they invest in more than 36 regional funder collaboratives to strengthen local economies by implementing demand-driven workforce strategies that create talent supply chains, close skill gaps and improve systems. Learn more at http://nfwsolutions.org

About CCAT

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., that creates and executes bold ideas advancing applied technologies, IT strategies, energy solutions, STEM education, and career development. By leading state, regional, and national partnerships, CCAT helps manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations excel. Learn more at ccat.us, or follow CCAT on Twitter - @CCATInc.

About Capital Workforce Partners

As the state's regional Workforce Development Board in North Central Connecticut, Capital Workforce Partners helps individuals overcome barriers to employment and closes the gap between skills and business hiring needs. The organization is guided by a Consortium of the region's chief and elected officials and by representatives from business, education, and labor serving on its Board of Directors. - See more at capitalworkforce.org

to strengthen local economies by implementing demand-driven workforce strategies that create talent supply chains, close skill gaps and improve systems. Learn more at http://nfwsolutions.org

About CCAT

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., that creates and executes bold ideas advancing applied technologies, IT strategies, energy solutions, STEM education, and career development. By leading state, regional, and national partnerships, CCAT helps manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations excel. Learn more at ccat.us, or follow CCAT on Twitter - @CCATInc.

About Capital Workforce Partners

As the state's regional Workforce Development Board in North Central Connecticut, Capital Workforce Partners helps individuals overcome barriers to employment and closes the gap between skills and business hiring needs. The organization is guided by a Consortium of the region's chief and elected officials and by representatives from business, education, and labor serving on its Board of Directors. - See more at capitalworkforce.org

es to strengthen local economies by implementing demand-driven workforce strategies that create talent supply chains, close skill gaps and improve systems. Learn more at http://nfwsolutions.org

About CCAT

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., that creates and executes bold ideas advancing applied technologies, IT strategies, energy solutions, STEM education, and career development. By leading state, regional, and national partnerships, CCAT helps manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations excel. Learn more at ccat.us, or follow CCAT on Twitter - @CCATInc.

About Capital Workforce Partners

As the state's regional Workforce Development Board in North Central Connecticut, Capital Workforce Partners helps individuals overcome barriers to employment and closes the gap between skills and business hiring needs. The organization is guided by a Consortium of the region's chief and elected officials and by representatives from business, education, and labor serving on its Board of Directors. - See more at capitalworkforce.org

About CCAT

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., that creates and executes bold ideas advancing applied technologies, IT strategies, energy solutions, STEM education, and career development. By leading state, regional, and national partnerships, CCAT helps manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations excel. Learn more at ccat.us, or follow CCAT on Twitter - @CCATInc.

About Capital Workforce Partners

As the state's regional Workforce Development Board in North Central Connecticut, Capital Workforce Partners helps individuals overcome barriers to employment and closes the gap between skills and business hiring needs. The organization is guided by a Consortium of the region's chief and elected officials and by representatives from business, education, and labor serving on its Board of Directors. - See more at capitalworkforce.org

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