OUR PROGRAMS

Advanced Manufacturing
Gaming
Retention
Retail
STEM
Youth

NORTHEAST ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CONSORTIUM (NAMC)

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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RETAIL OPPORTUNITIES

The Metro North Program for Retail Opportunities (MNPRO) is in its third year and has focused its efforts on providing comprehensive management skills training for frontline retail workers. By providing incumbent workers with foundational coursework in retail math, accounting, communication and computer skills, the program aims to address local retailers’ challenges of promoting frontline staff. Career coaching, financial literacy, and other wraparound supports are provided to the incumbent workers. The other goal of the MNPRO program is to educate the public on the wide range of growth opportunities within the Retail industry. The program will run through 2019, with the goal of preparing over 88 incumbent workers with the foundational skills necessary for success in Retail Management. This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation.

For more information, contact retail@MassHireMetroNorth.org.

GAMING

The Encore Boston Harbor gaming facility and resort will bring 4,500 new, permanent jobs to the Greater Boston area. The scale of the workforce needs requires a regional, comprehensive approach. The MassHire Metro North Workforce Board (MNWB) is leading efforts to ensure that local job seekers have the skills and training needed to pursue career opportunities at Encore and other impacted employers.

Supported by the Community Mitigation Fund which is administered by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), the Metro North Workforce Board is working to meet the workforce needs of Encore and other impacted employers through:

The Metro North Workforce Board is also collaborating with the Boston Workforce Board to leverage additional services and resources such as scholarships for low-income individuals to attend the dealer training at the Greater Boston Gaming And Career Institute at Cambridge College and hospitality training through BEST Corp.

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

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH (STEM) NETWORK

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

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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.

EMPLOYMENT RETENTION PROJECT

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.

METRO NORTH YOUTH INITIATIVES

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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