The Governor’s Workforce Board recently held is Annual Event on Monday June 5th at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI.

Each year the Board holds one special event to recognize the previous year’s efforts and share its collective vision moving forward. The GWB invests in demand-driven, skills-training programs and services such as Real Jobs RI that serve hundreds of companies and thousands of workers a year. These initiatives are helping employers fill unfilled positions that are slowing them down and helping workers punch their tickets to the middle class.

Guest Speakers included Governor Gina Raimondo, Board Chair Mike Grey, Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen, Senator Walter Felag, GWB Executive Director Heather Hudson, and Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. Along with a summary report detailing the thousands of workers and hundreds of employers served by Board programming, the event spotlighted three award recipients who are making a positive impact on the state workforce.

Industry Impact Award was presented to The Phoenix Partnership Representing the Manufacturing Industry and recognizing that the manufacturing industry has been a terrific partner with the workforce system; undertaking significant top-level coordination and reforms to better deliver workforce development services and developing three coordinated employer-driven Real Jobs RI training solutions focused on entry-level talent, mid-level excellence, and identifying future leads.

Career Pathways Advancement Award was presented to The Pipeline to Manufacturing Careers in Ship Building Partnership for its development of multiple career pathways programs including the alignment and expansion of career and technical high school offerings to match the future workforce needs of the maritime defense industry while also conducting high-impact employer-driven job training to fill the vacancies of today.

Workforce System Innovation Award was presented to The Royce Family Foundation for generously providing $1.8 million; along vision and motivation, to build a cutting-edge high-tech education and training center in Westerly RI


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