Posted on May 31, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) hailed the passage of legislation that will improve the ability for students to enter Connecticut’s manufacturing industry. The bill, H.B. 5333 “An Act Establishing a Pilot Program for the Expansion of Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Programs”, was positively acted upon by the House of Representatives on Thursday evening.
“We are always looking for ways to improve the economic climate in Connecticut. The manufacturing industry has great potential to grow within New Milford and our state, so the creation of incentives to participate in manufacturing jobs is a critical component to the overall improvement of the workforce,” explained Rep. Buckbee, who is a member of the legislature’s Commerce Committee.
The legislation calls for the Board of Regents of Higher Education to create criteria that will identity workforce needs for those trained in advanced manufacturing. Additionally, it will identify economically distressed municipalities, residents who lack access to advanced manufacturing certificate programs near their homes, and sufficient space in a public high school to operate an advanced manufacturing certificate program.
Rep. Buckbee said, “Growing the workforce organically, getting high school kids involved, will hopefully entice them to stay here. Historically, Connecticut excels at fostering unique talents and this legislation is a step in the right direction to providing the best resources to our students.”
There are gaps within the industry’s workforce, which is why manufacturing applicants are needed on an urgent basis. Consequently, the legislation was received with overwhelming bipartisan support and heads to the State Senate for further action.