Upper Valley Employers Receive Workforce Insights From the Sector Partnerships Initiative
On Monday, April 23, U.S. Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster hosted a roundtable discussion in Claremont to discuss workforce issues in the region. Kuster, who represents New Hampshire’s second congressional district, hosted the event to hear first-hand about best practices and initiatives in NH workforce development. Along with area businesspeople, Claremont city officials and local educators, Phil Przybyszewski, sector project director for the New Hampshire Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI) also participated on the panel.
Przybyszewski explained how SPI works, outlining the collaborative program and citing various examples of sector projects throughout New Hampshire. He outlined the many workforce development resources available to Granite State employers and citizens, which include the NH Job Training Fund, ApprenticeshipNH, and community college training programs, as well as the newly-announced Incumbent Worker Training Program, all of which are available to companies to help improve retention of existing employees and attract new ones.
SPI is standing by to help connect resources with the people who need them.
“New Hampshire’s workforce shortage is not unique – it’s a challenge many states face,” said Przybyszewski. “Thankfully, New Hampshire is especially committed to remedying the challenge. Along with all the other available workforce resources and programs, SPI is dedicated to finding sustainable, long-term options for companies. SPI is unique because of its process of identifying shared challenges in an industry or sector, and implementing plans to address them, together, rather than addressing the challenge of one specific company. This approach helps more companies find sustainable solutions.”
More than 30 people were in attendance, and included representatives from the following companies and organizations:
- Red River
- Claremont Savings Bank
- The Claremont Development Authority
- Newport Middle and High Schools
- River Valley Community College
- TwinState MakerSpaces
- Sugar Valley Regional Technical Center
- the Capital Regional Development Council
- SPI Tech Sector
Thank you to all who made this workforce panel a success!
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