Governor’s Programs assist with job training in Western Mass

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Governor Patrick passed the state budget on Friday totaling $36.5 billion dollars for the 2015 fiscal year. With that budget, the governor announced new programs to help the unemployed find jobs a little more quickly.

The manufacturing industry is booming, and at Springfield Technical Community College, there will be a program to help people enter that industry a little more easily.

This program will help people become qualified for entry-level positions in the manufacturing industry.

The program will be offered at Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College, and it targets people who are underemployed or who are unemployed. The goal is to teach those people all the skills necessary to enter the growing manufacturing market. Some people in the manufacturing industry say that there is a huge demand for workers right now, so this is great news for both job seekers and employers.

Governor Patrick said that companies like Gulfstream in Westfield, and Smith & Wesson in Springfield will be partnering with the program. He estimates that the manufacturing industry will fill 100,000 jobs here in Massachusetts over the next decade.

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