BRISTOL - The Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Bristol Technical Advisory Council meeting to raise awareness of manufacturing skills and trade.
The council was created a couple years ago and consists of different educators and members of the Main Street Community Foundation, chamber and the New England Spring and Metal Stamping Association, explained Cindy Scoville, President and CEO at the Chamber.
“We are holding the event because many employers are realizing they need a workforce,” said Scoville. “This way many educators and manufacturers can collaborate to offer good, solid work opportunities to students that don’t necessarily plan on attending a four-year college.”
The mission and goals of the meeting is to promote awareness of manufacturing careers among students, educators and parents, while facilitating communication between educators and businesses in an effort to enhance school curriculums and educational opportunities.
“It’s a great opportunity to get educators in the same room as students and businesses to talk about the manufacturing fields and all of its opportunities,” Scoville said. “It provides the opportunity for educators to help spread knowledge of opportunities in the field.”
“Educators need to know what is available for workforce in the state of Connecticut, and then inform students,” Scoville added.
When Scoville attended a similar meeting in Hartford, Patrick Reuss from Electric Boat Corporation in Groton was sharing information on the workforce development program at the organization.
“This sparked the idea of bringing Electric Boat to Bristol for the community,” said Scoville. “Then I asked if they would consider coming to Bristol so we could educate ourselves and the community.”
The event is set for June 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Bristol Board of Education located at 129 Church Street.