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New Hampshire Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI)

The Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI) is a new industry-driven statewide initiative to help businesses in targeted industries address their workforce needs, while also helping workers prepare for and advance in careers in these critical sectors. The initiative is initially focusing on four industries: manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare, and information technologyThrough this innovative public/private collaboration, groups of businesses within each target industry participate in sector partnerships, formal collaborations where they will convene on a regular basis to identify shared hiring, training, and retention needs. Businesses will then work with a range of critical partners to develop training programs and other workforce services to address businesses’ shared workforce needs.

NH Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI) for Manufacturing

Supporting 67,218 workers across approximately 1,950 businesses, manufacturing is one of New Hampshire’s largest industries – behind only retail, health care, and government – and is one of its major economic drivers. It is also poised to grow: small and large companies throughout the state indicate that they are ready to expand, contingent upon their ability to fill key positions. Companies considering a move to New Hampshire will also require a qualified workforce large enough to fill the jobs they bring.

NHMEP Bridges the Gap between Manufacturers and Educational Institutions

Throughout the year, NHMEP organizes student tours at manufacturing companies and likewise brings manufacturers to middle, high school and college level career fairs. The benefits are two-fold: they create awareness to students about the variety of opportunities that exist in the manufacturing industry and build a new generation of skilled workers for manufacturing companies who are growing rapidly. Our efforts peak during Manufacturing Month, a national event held every October.

SPI will help you fund your manufacturing training programs

If you have identified needs that your current training process is unable to meet, or you need your existing team to learn a new skill, NH SPI is a valuable resource for you. Leveraging connections with many existing workforce training programs, the NH SPI team will map your needs with state and federal funding and training resources to create a flexible, consistent plan.

Connecting the dots for the manufacturing industry

When the team of manufacturing and workforce development professionals at SPI looks for funding opportunities to offset the cost of your industry-led training program, they look to several state and federal funding sources. They understand the nuances of the funding and resources detailed below and make it easy to find the combination that works for your company. 

 

State and local manufacturing funding and incentives

  • Office of Workforce Opportunity: NH Job Training Fund
    • Company benefits: tuition reimbursement (further information from individual companies)
  • NH Department of Education: English Language Learner Training for Employers 
  • NH Charitable Foundation: The Medallion Fund 
  • NH Employment Security: Return to Work Program
  • Community College System of NH: WorkReadyNH Program
  • NHWorks: On The Job Training Program
  • Community College System of NH: ApprenticeshipNH 
  • NH Community Development Finance Authority: Block Grant Program
  • MY TURN Inc.

 

Federal SPI manufacturing sector funding and incentives

  • U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult and Dislocated Worker Funds 
  • U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Funds 
  • U.S. Department of Labor National Dislocated Worker Grants 
  • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant
  • US Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program

Manufacturers

Interested in participating in a career fair or presenting your company’s capabilities and internships/job opportunities to students?

Education

Are you an educational institution that would like to have manufacturers give a presentation to students at your facility? Or schedule a student tour with a manufacturer? 

Manufacturing Month

Manufacturing Day is recognized by Presidential proclamation annually in October and kicks off Manufacturing Month. All 50 states of the nation celebrate Manufacturing Day. Find out how your school or manufacuring business can get involved.

Contact NHMEP today to find out how SPI resources can benefit your manufacturing company or educational institution.

SPI Manufacturing Sector Advisor

Zenagui Brahim | 603.226.3200 | Zenaguib@nhmep.org

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About NH MEP

New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH  03301

Phone: 603-226-3200

The New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, age, political affiliation or belief. This nondiscrimination policy encompasses the operation of all educational and training programs and activities. It also encompasses the employment of personnel and contracting for goods and services.

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No-Cost MEP Service Finds Domestic Suppliers and New Business Opportunities for Manufacturers

Manufacturers know that searching for domestic materials and products can at times be challenging and expensive. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it has only become increasingly difficult. As part of the CARES Act, NH MEP is offering a Supplier Scouting and Matching program to manufacturers to address supply chain disruption. This free service encourages a more competitive US supplier market and proactively finds business for manufacturers.

Far-UV Sterilray™ President says Demand is High in Pandemic

SOMERSWORTH — John Neister, president of Far-UV Sterilray, recalls that five years ago he and his team predicted the disinfection company’s products would be in high demand at the onset of the next pandemic. “But we never dreamed it would be something like this,” he said.

Executive Order on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers

The White House announced on January 25, 2021 a pending Executive Order (EO) called Executive Order on Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All American Workers (link at the bottom). According to the announcement, the EO establishes a substantial role for the MEP National Network in the new administration’s plans to bolster American manufacturing. The EO establishes a priority at the highest levels to use federal purchasing power to support American manufacturers of all types and sizes, across the country.

The Rubber Group Integrates Production Process with Value Stream Mapping

Rochester – The Rubber Group is a customer focused custom injection, transfer, and compression molder of engineered mechanical rubber components like precision seals, vibration isolators, bellows and specialized over-molded components for a wide variety of industries. Last April, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, they had workforce losses and a 20% reduction of sales revenue from the Oil, Gas and Aerospace industries who were experiencing product slow-downs from their own clients…

WS Dennison Cabinets Sees Host of Improvements since Implementing 5S Program

Pembroke, NH – WS Dennison Cabinets has been creating custom cabinets for residential and commercial industries throughout New Hampshire and New England since 1986. When COVID-19 hit last spring, like so many other manufacturers across the country, Dennison was affected and lost some of their workforce. Looking to make production improvements, the company attended an NHMEP workshop that introduces the basics of a 5S Program, a lean tool which improves organization in a production environment.

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