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The GE Foundation, in partnership with MassHire’s North Shore Workforce Investment Board, wants to ensure that the local workforce is prepared to take advantage of opportunities in advanced manufacturing that offer good wages, career growth potential and a path to a stable financial future

ECCF is honored to provide fiduciary, strategic and community support for the Advanced Manufacturing Training Expansion Program – a collaborative, systems-based workforce development initiative that will ready people for the future.


Learn more about the Advanced Manufacturing Training Expansion Program

The Advanced Manufacturing Training Expansion Program (AMTEP) will create a pipeline of more than 900 trained workers for advanced manufacturing careers by 2024. To get there, the initiative is focusing on collaborative improvements across the system, including expanding capacity at area technical schools through investments in infrastructure, programming and educator training; maximizing enrollment through extensive outreach to youth and adult learners, and connecting graduates with employers through apprenticeships and career support.

Learn more about the partners that make this program possible

The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC), which consists of:

Local Vocational and Technical Schools that will house Advanced Manufacturing Training Programs for both students and adults. They include: 

The E-Team Machinist Training Program, a Lynn-based nonprofit machinist training program that will provide the curriculum for the initiative.

North Shore Community College will provide foundational literacy and math training to prepare students for entry into the advanced manufacturing training programs.

Area Employers that engage with initiative leaders on program development and employment and apprenticeship opportunities.

The municipalities of Salem, Lynn, Gloucester, Lowell, and Lawrence, which provide support, advocacy and, in some cases, fiscal agency.

The State of Massachusetts is providing support and advocacy for funding for classroom infrastructure and technology. (Read the Press Release from the Office of Governor Charlie Baker.)

Outcomes Report Executive Summary

did you know?

  • Manufacturing is the second largest industry in the Northeast
  • Manufacturing paid the highest total wages in the Northeast in 2018: $1.4 billion
  • Manufacturing has the oldest workforce, with 34% over the ages of 55
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Essex Tech Workforce Training Program

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Gloucester High, partners offering free machinist classes

As the country’s manufacturing industry experiences a talent shortage, a neighboring college is partnering with Gloucester High School to help students tune their skills as they prepare to enter the workforce. Through a partnership between North Shore Community College, Gloucester High School and MassHire-North Shore Career Center, students will be able to earn their National Institute for Metalworking Skills certificate in CNC, or computer numerical control, milling free of charge at Gloucester High this summer. 

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Investing in Human Potential: Antidote to Bleak Labor News

As we navigate through and past the COVID-19 pandemic, Essex County has within our grasp the antidote to recent labor market reports: human potential. Prior to COVID-19, Massachusetts had long enjoyed one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, but things have changed. While state data for June is not yet available, the Bay State’s May unemployment rate of 16.3% tied for the 4th highest in the country and was three percent higher than the national rate at the time.

Baker Administration, GE Partner on Workforce Development

A partnership between the Baker administration and GE Foundation – the charitable arm of one of the largest manufacturers on the North Shore – will pump $4.5 million into workforce development training that they hope will ultimately help to fill the hundreds of vacant advanced manufacturing jobs on the North Shore.

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