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Bay State gears up to fill 100,000 projected job openings

By Marie Szaniszlo | The Boston Herald | November 27, 2012

State officials and industry leaders today will hold the first meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative to draw attention to a sector whose work force is aging and projected to have 100,000 job openings over the next decade.

While some analysts have predicted the decline of industry as a major economic player, manufacturing is Massachusetts’ fifth-largest private sector, accounting for some 7,500 companies and 250,000 jobs, said Northeastern University Professor Barry Bluestone, who serves on the collaborative’s board.

“A lot of people don’t know that Massachusetts manufactures things,” said Mitch Tyson, the collaborative’s industry co-chairman and former CEO of PRI Automation. “The reality is so much of high-tech products in the state are made here. All manufacturing jobs have not moved to China.” Read More

Gov. Deval Patrick announces new program for vocational schools

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By Erin Shannon | Enterprise News | September 14, 2012

AVON — Welding. Mechanical drafting. Metal layout. Machining.

Those are among the skills taught to students at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in Easton to prepare them for future jobs.

So school Principal David Wheeler was pleased to hear that Gov. Deval Patrick announced plans Thursday to ramp up efforts to draw more vocational high school students into manufacturing jobs – and the governor made the announcement at a company in Avon where some Southeastern Voke students learn their trade.

“Working inside for a good salary, for a stable company, with benefits, is where we want our kids to be,” said Wheeler.

According to a new study, titled “Staying Power II, A Report Card on Manufacturing in Massachusetts 2012,” the manufacturing industry in Massachusetts is alive and well. Read More

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