In collaboration with other area organizations — the Berkshire Innovation Center, MassHire Berkshire Career Center and local employers — we are actively looking for ways to introduce and support skill-building that advances careers. According to 1Berkshire's Berkshire Blueprint, manufacturing has perhaps the highest value added for our region's economy. The value in this case means that for each manufacturing job created, 4.8 other related jobs are added. Technology, making and manufacturing have come together in ways that are inspiring - and these connections are reshaping our job sites and the type, range and number of positions offered in industry.
Creative Making and Advanced Manufacturing
Focusing on the Berkshires' Areas of Opportunity
Manufacturing has changed tremendously over the past decade. Working with computers to design and fabricate products has become a hot area for creative makers and hands-on learners looking for growth and opportunity.
Currently the average age of manufacturing workers is 54. As employees retire, and as new companies continue to develop here in the Berkshires, the opportunities for growth in small-batch making, advanced manufacturing techniques, technology and computer assisted design are strong.
This fall, we have Tuition Free, Campus to Career, workforce development programs with stipends available in these Manufacturing and Technology areas:
- Advanced Manufacturing Technician - a pathway to a high paying industry position
- Digital Marketing and E-commerce - turn an interest in online tools into a new career
- IT Support - start a new career as an IT Support Professional
- Making and Manufacturing - advanced tool-use for makers and hands-on learners
- Project Management - develop the sought-after skills needed for this in-demand role