WALLINGFORD — A new program aimed at sparking an interest in manufacturing jobs starts next week.
The HUBCAP Manufacturing Employment Pipeline program is a joint effort by HUBCAP, Wallingford Public Schools and Workforce Alliance.
The pilot program includes hands-on projects, introductions to local manufacturing employers and job hunting skills.
“It’s really a career path,” said Joe Mirra, founder and board chairman of HUBCAP. “It can lead to a future in management, as foremen, depending on personal goals, or go on to administrative fields.”
The six-week program is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 27 to Nov. 1 at HUBCAP, 128 Center St.
There’s a $35 cash-only fee due at the first session. Supplies and dinner are included in the program fee.
The program is sponsored by Allnex, BYK, Hobson Motzer and Ulbrich Steel.
School Superintendent Salvatore Menzo said the program is aimed at recent grads, the under-employed and those interested in career development.
“Manufacturers in town are always seeking employees,” he said. “HUBCAP was looking at how we can support the community, local business and provide students with opportunities to better themselves.”
Menzo said the program ties into the townwide Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiative.
There are more than 500,000 unfilled positions in STEM fields nationally, including almost 30,000 vacancies in Connecticut and about 1,000 openings in Wallingford, Menzo said at the initiative launch in June.
“We saw the pipeline program as a way to help businesses maintain that vital connection,” he said, “and give people a direct connection in another way to these businesses.”
Menzo said the school district teamed up with Mirra, who’s also chairman of the town Economic Development Commission.
“People are still not aware of manufacturing (as a career choice) today,” Mirra said. “The technology has changed the industry. It’s really a high-tech industry now.”
Program participants will hear presentations from the four sponsors and have the opportunity to interview with them at a mini-job fair.
The program already has 16 participants signed up, more than half of the spots available. Registration closes today.
To register, visit http://bit.ly/HUBCAP_MFGPipeline or contact HUBCAP at 203-626-9351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.