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:
- MassHire’s North Shore Workforce Investment Board, the backbone organization that is overseeing project coordination and general management of the initiative.
- MassHire’s Metro-North Workforce Investment Board
- MassHire’s Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board
- MassHire’s Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board
Local Vocational and Technical Schools that will house Advanced Manufacturing Training Programs for both students and adults. They include:
- Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
- Essex North Shore and Agricultural School
- Gloucester High School
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.)
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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