Advanced Manufacturing


Manufacturing has a legacy in the Northeast of Massachusetts and we seek to advocate for a thriving advanced manufacturing industry. Northeast manufacturers are world-class companies that are an essential part of the state’s innovation economy.

The MassHire Metro North Workforce Board is one of four workforce boards participating in the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC).  NAMC is an initiative of Metro North, Greater Lowell, Merrimack Valley, and North Shore workforce boards. NAMC is a partnership among industry, academia, and workforce development experts to promote sustained support for manufacturing in the Northeast of Massachusetts.  This coalition of private and public entities leverages funding and develops programming to meet our goals, including outreach to youth and adults and ongoing job training for manufacturing careers.

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We are proud to announce that MassHire Metro North Workforce Board is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from Wal-Mart. Through this generous award, we will launch an incumbent worker training program. An expansion of last year’s Retail Management Academy, this award allows us to expand on the success of the co-taught model by bringing it on-site to an employer’s location, much like the iBest @ Work Initiative, and will assist participants with English language or Adult Basic Education needs. The project will take place over the next two years with a focus on building employer partner support, implementing a pilot program, and creating a plan for scalability and sustainability. The Wal-Mart grant supports our mission to provide employers with the workforce they need to effectively compete in the changing world economy and enable area residents to gain the skills needed to maximize their economic self-sufficiency.

For more information, contact retail@MassHireMetroNorth.org.


On July 18th, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) voted 5-0 to approve our $300,000 Community Mitigation Fund grant application to continue our gaming and hospitality workforce initiative. The City of Boston also received a $213,400 grant, bringing over a half-million dollar investment to the Greater Boston area to help local residents access high quality hospitality and gaming careers. The FY20 project continues to include culinary arts training and a regional network of Career Advisors that are engaging local residents and providing information and referrals related to Encore Boston Harbor employment opportunities and opportunities at other impacted employers.

For information on Gaming and Hospitality Training in the Greater Boston area, please visit our partner websites:

For more information, please contact gaming@MassHireMetroNorth.org.


The MassHire Metro North Workforce Board partners with the MassHire Boston Workforce Board to develop STEM promotion strategies that closely align with the needs of industry, community, and K-12 and higher education in the regions.  The Board convenes meetings of educators, industry and community partners to further the state’s STEM goals. The Board also plays an integral role in developing, amplifying, and creating connections for the state’s annual STEM Week in October.

  • The high-level priorities for the Metro North/Boston, and all STEM Networks across the state include:
  • Expanding work-based learning opportunities for high school students, particularly in STEM fields;
  • Developing and implementing models of STEM Early College Career Pathways; and
  • Broadening access to computer science and engineering courses.

For more information on how to get involved with the STEM Network or to learn more about STEM Week, please send an email to: STEM@masshiremetronorth.org

Learn more about the STEM Network


The Boston/Metro North STEM Network welcomes new members!  Meetings are held approximately four times per year.  If you are interested in learning more about participating, please contact STEM@MassHireMetroNorth.org, or (617) 864-1550. 

Other STEM efforts include: 

  • Cultivating a strong representation from STEM industries on the MNWB’s Board and Youth Council; 
  • Collaborating on the development of training curricula, articulation of career ladders, and design of staff development curricula for STEM education; and 
  • Working to increase the number of STEM-related summer job and internship opportunities for youth throughout the region.


To combat multi-generational poverty, the Metro North Workforce Board is engaged in the Employment Retention Project in partnership with several workforce regions in Massachusetts: Metro North, North Shore, Greater Lowell, and Hampden County. Many working poor individuals aspire to better jobs, but do not know how to access them. The Employment Retention Project is aimed at ending the cycle of dead-end jobs. The program’s goal is to enable chronically low-income clients to be continuously employed for two years and advance in their careers.

The Employment Retention Project provides comprehensive long-term career coaching for two years after clients are placed into employment. The new employees work closely with a Retention Specialist to help them navigate the challenges a new job can bring to one’s life and to obtain needed support to ensure the new employee retains their job so it can develop into a career.

The Employment Retention Project is generously funded by Susan Schiro and Peter Manus and the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

For more information, please contact retention@MassHireMetroNorth.org.


The MassHire Metro North Workforce Board places a high priority on helping to ensure that local youth are well prepared with the skills, knowledge and experience to enter into and thrive in the local workforce.  The Board’s youth focused efforts currently include:

Metro North Youth Committee: 

The Metro North Youth Committee is tasked with the oversight and monitoring of the Board’s current youth programming.  Comprised of Board Members and local employers, the committee also serves as a catalyst to convene public and private leaders from the region to inform local youth workforce policy and to establish priorities for current and future youth programming.

Learn about the youth programs we support including School to Career Connecting Activties, YouthWorks, and WIOA Youth by clicking on the link below.

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