A Better Qualified Employee

RCNGM is working to build a more qualified and stronger workforce for manufacturing. Through our efforts, we are developing quality employees for Connecticut’s manufacturers.


Source: NAMvideo – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

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On July 23, 2015, Governor Daniel Malloy announced a new two year $7.8 million dollar workforce development initiative designed to bolster both classroom instruction and on-the-job training for apprentices in the state's manufacturing industry.  The Manufacturing Innovation Fund Apprenticeship Program will provide up to a maximum of $18,750 per apprentice for qualified employer sponsors through grants covering up to two years of wages as well as tuition reimbursement and industry credentialing costs. 

Gov. Malloy described the program as an effort to "help residents find new jobs, provide employers with a new pool of workers, and align education and training with the needs of manufacturers."

Find out more program information and apply now through the Connecticut Department of Labor.


  • 1.5 to 4 Additional jobs – What each manufacturing job creates in other parts of CT’s economy

  • $1.35 – Amount generated in additional economic activity for every $1 spend in Manufacturing

Survey of Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Needs

In 2017, CBIA conducted a survey of manufacturers, updating the previous survey conducted on behalf of the RCNGM. The survey assessed manufacturers’ current needs, where manufacturers are finding workers, what positions are difficult to fill and where they see skill shortages and how that can be rectified. The survey was presented at a business conference sponsored largely by the RCNGM and attended by more than 250 manufacturers and educators.

Industry-based Educator Externships

Bringing relevancy into the classroom and updating educators’ skills have been critical goals of teacher externship programs. The COT-RCNGM has historically promoted bringing teachers into industry so that they can experience firsthand how advanced manufacturing has evolved over the years. 



My expectation was to accomplish bringing a new perspective to the classroom. I don’t feel the educators and definitely the students have a real understanding of the amount of planning and cooperation that is required in running a business. It also allows the educator the means to tie in what they are teaching to what demands and skills that are required in business. It further enhances their understandings of the opportunities that our business presents, there are many more skills required than just running a machine.
— P. Murphy, Mallory Industries


We were pleased with the externship, our expectations were met and beyond. We were able to gain some knowledge from him while he was here, and he learned about Lean Manufacturing and continuous improvement practices we use here.
— T. Duggan, Alpha Q Inc.


Get in touch with teachers and let them know our demands, so he can teach his students accordingly.
— M. Angermeier, Trumpf, Inc.
Having an intern who can immediately get to work without extensive training or time away from the paid employees was a great benefit.
— D. Orlowski, U.S. Hybrid Corporation

Positive Influence

Students will gain actual knowledge of the industrial workforce. Students will be able to make more informed decisions with respect to career aspirations. Companies will benefit by hiring individuals with some knowledge of industrial practices.
— F. Cyzeski, International Transfer Co.