Berkshire Workforce Area Industry Employment Trends 2013 First Quarter – 2014 First Quarter
|Sector/Sector Title||First Quarter Employment 2013||First Quarter Employment 2014||Yr/Yr Employment Change||Yr/Yr Employment % Change|
|311 Food & Beverage Manufacturing||165||137||-28||-17.0|
|322 Paper Manufacturing||959||974||16||1.7|
|325 Chemical Manufacturing||503||488||-15||-3.0|
|326 Plastics Manufacturing||631||576||-55||-8.7|
|327 Glass, Clay and Cement Manufacturing||454||527||73||16.2|
|332 Fabricated Metals Manufacturing||421||407||-14||-3.3|
|3355 Metalworking Machinery||261||240||-21||-8.0|
|3344 Semiconductors & Electronics||117||77||-40||-34.1|
|3391 Medical Equipment Manufacturing||99||113||14||14.0|
Many regional efforts are underway through the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board, Berkshire Community College, McCann Technical School, the companies that comprise the Berkshire Applied Technology Council, and MassTEC who are committed to promoting the many new and exciting educational and career opportunities that now exist in manufacturing.
Explore what manufacturing is all about:
- Amp It Up – promoting opportunities in manufacturing
- Click here for information about education options and career pathways in Advanced Manufacturing
- Click here for the certificate and degree programs in Advanced Manufacturing descriptions.
The Northern Tier Energy Sector Grant initiative – Spearheaded by the Franklin/Hampshire Workforce Investment Board, the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board partnered with Berkshire Community College and McCann Technical School to develop and implement entry-level photovoltaic training and weatherization programs. Green jobs span many economy sectors. Most of us have interests and skills that with exploration and support can be applied to create the innovative careers that this new economy depends on. Use the tools and information on this website to explore these green industry sectors. You’ll find career pathways, job descriptions and resources to start you on your journey. Berkshire County trained 57 participants in 2012.
The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund will provide up to $500,000 to the Berkshire Region to develop a sectoral training strategy for critical industries in the region. The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board will be taking the lead in developing a strategy for the healthcare and applied technology industries in our regoin. The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board will also be partnering with Older Worker Community Based Organizations to apply for an older worker component to assit the travel/tourism and retail industries. For more information, please contact Heather Boulger at (413) 442-7177.
The Extended Care Career Ladder Inititiative (ECCLI) – Commonwealth Corporation works in conjunction with the Nursing Home Quality Initiative to enhance the quality of long-term care in Massachusetts. We assist long-term care employers in the design of unique education opportunities, career ladders, and positive workplace practices which lead to improved patient care and employee retention rates in their facilities. Direct-care workers, managers, and supervisors receive occupational training.
The Berkshire Bay State Works Grant – provided 106 employees from 25 companies the opportunity to upgrade their skills in leadership development, CISCO, Applied Engineering and Business Services.
Employer Engagement – The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board has develeoped a strong marketing campaign to help encourage employers to provide work and learning programs for our youth.
Berkshire Compact for Education – Raising the aspirations of young people for college and career readiness. Youth Programs include College Visits for 3rd & 6th graders; Eighth Grade North County Career Fair; Readiness Center; Wee Read Berkshire County; Berkshire Chamber Youth Leadership Program; and Berkshire United Way’s You First! Day of Caring.