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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2003

For more information please contact:
Zenagui Brahim
NH MEP
Tel: (603) 226-3200

JOB TRAINING KEY TO SUCCESS OF NH BUSINESSES
Department of Labor and NH MEP Programs Train Current and Future Workforce

Manchester, NH - U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao met with workers, employers and educators at New Hampshire Community Technical College in Manchester recently to discuss the strengthening economy and how the Department's new High Growth Job Training Initiative can help prepare workers for careers in growing, well-paying jobs.

The High Growth Job Training Initiative addresses the fact that the mix of jobs in states like New Hampshire is changing and dynamic. For example, while employment is projected to grow significantly in areas like health services, biotechnology and high-tech manufacturing, fewer New Hampshire workers are engaged in other fields. The High Growth Job Training Initiative is designed to prepare workers to take advantage of these new job opportunities and ensure that worker training and career development programs are better targeted at areas of the economy where job growth is expected.

The New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership also has several programs designed to help manufacturers increase productivity, decrease costs and stay competitive in the foreign and domestic markets.

"The feedback we receive from individuals in New Hampshire will be crucial in our efforts to expand and refine the High Growth Job Training Initiative, so we can help workers get well-paying jobs in these fast-growing industries," Chao said.

David Dunfee, President of D.G. O'Brien Inc., a seacoast manufacturer and a board member of the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP), participated in a panel discussion with Secretary Chao. Dunfee believes programs like the High Growth Job Training Initiative coupled with services the NH MEP makes available to every manufacturer in the state can benefit both businesses and employees.

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"The training initiative is one element to the whole puzzle because it will help feed the need for manufacturing workers with young people coming out of the program," said Dunfee. "But it takes time for students to work through the program and businesses today have to react in weeks to changes and customer needs. That's where the NH MEP comes in. The NH MEP is focused on the real near term horizon success and it helps to deliver that to the small and medium sized companies of the state."

"The NH MEP enables small and medium sized firms in New Hampshire to have easy access to more than 2,000 manufacturing, technical and business specialists, along with the latest technology and industry best practices," added Marty Vincent, NH MEP Director of Operations. "The key to growth and prosperity is better use of resources and expanded market opportunities. NH MEP specializes in helping New Hampshire manufacturers achieve these goals."

NH MEP is an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology under the U.S. Department of Commerce. The national MEP is a network of manufacturing extension centers that provide business and technical assistance to smaller manufacturers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Through MEP, manufacturers have access to more than 2,000 manufacturing and business “coaches” whose job is to help firms make changes that lead to greater productivity, increased profits and enhanced global competitiveness. NH MEP works in partnership with the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development. For more information on the services NH MEP project managers provide, contact the Concord office at 226-3200.


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