In response to a growing demand for skilled workers, Bank Rhode Island recently donated $3,500 to a metalworking program aimed at creating a new generation of employees.
The Steel Yard’s Weld to Work program is a three-week training session for low-income, at-risk Rhode Islanders between the ages of 18 and 22. Through the program’s curriculum, students learn modern metalworking and have the opportunity to design and build a group project for a community client. The program also allows students to develop a portfolio and resume for job applications, and arrange visits with prospective employers.
BankRI’s donation will help support six trainees enrolled in the program.
“Rhode Island’s long history with manufacturing and industrial jobs is well-documented,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, president and CEO of BankRI. “However, as our economy continues to change, and the workforce grows older, it’s imperative that we properly train the next generation of workers for successful careers that allow for self-sufficiency and growth.” •