New center to train machinists of the future

Many open positions, but too few qualified workers

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – At a time when many here in western Massachusetts can’t find work, companies are in desperate need for machinists. The question is: how do potential workers get the training they need?

The Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative is spending $1 million to convert it’s West Springfield vocational school into a training center for machinists. Students would find jobs waiting when they completed the training program.

“We have many, many people retiring, and then we have new jobs that are coming in. But we do not have the people to do these jobs,” explained Don Jarvis of LPVEC.

Former Governor Deval Patrick’s economic development secretary’s estimated that 10,000 machinist jobs will open up in the next ten years.

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