The program is intended to provide coaching and mentorship to help young people take the first step in their careers. It has been ongoing in Pittsfield for 15 years, and for the last six Guardian Life Insurance has contributed.
Habitat for Humanity is launching a new program to help both train workers for trades and repair homes.
Executive Director Carolyn Valli said the Build and Repair Corp. will be a paid two and a half month training program for those looking to get into the trades. The group will also be taking on various home repair projects throughout the community.
The most recent data shows that there are 1,143 jobs available in Berkshire County ranging from sales to health care to engineering to maintenance.
And yet, there are thousands of people unemployed. Shortly after state Sen. Adam Hinds was elected he asked MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board Executive Director Health Boulger what would be the magic wand to matching those up.
We have jobs.
That's what numerous elected officials proclaimed Wednesday morning. There are thousands of jobs available. But, at the same time, there are still thousands of people in the Berkshires looking.
"We have jobs, lots of jobs, nearly 1,500 every day. Job from travel and tourism to engineering to health care, executives and entry-level and every level of talent," Mayor Linda Tyer said. "We have jobs. The Berkshires are ready to hire."
Workforce development professionals are taking a deeper dive into building the region's health care, hospitality, and manufacturing industries.
It isn't that other sectors aren't important but that the Baker administration has tasked local officials to develop a blueprint for workforce development with specific industries to focus a greater amount of attention.