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WITH SUPPORT from the Real Jobs Rhode Island initiative, there have been collaborations such as one among Westerly Education Center, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the R.I. Office of Postsecondary Commissioner and businesses across the state. A trainee learns about circuits at the Westerly Education Center in 2019. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Real Jobs RI eyed for changes under McKee’s ‘Rhode to Prosperity’...

Real Jobs Rhode Island has been a popular workforce development program since it was launched in 2015 under former Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. Now...
SILVER LINING: ­Eduardo Naya, director of marketing for Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, says there’s a silver lining to more older workers entering the workforce, which ensures their knowledge that used to be under­utilized in retirement – 
or relocated to Florida – stays in Rhode Island.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

READY AND ABLE: Older workers filling R.I. employment gaps

After 35 years in insurance marketing, the last 20 with Rhode Island-based Amica ­Mutual Insurance Co. managing multimillion-dollar campaigns, Eduardo Naya tried to retire. It...
GOING STRONG: 
John Vitko, left, customer service, and assembly worker George Durfee are part of an older workforce that manufacturer VIBCO Inc. continues to rely heavily on, according to CEO Karl ­Wadensten. 
PBN PHOTO/
TRACY JENKINS

Older workers one answer to filling state employment gaps

Rhode Island is becoming increasingly dependent on older workers. While it is in the state’s best interests to see this trend reversed by an...
LABOR TALKS: Matthew Weldon, second from right, director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, speaks during a panel discussion at Providence Business News’ Workforce Development Summit in Providence on Feb. 15. Also on the panel are, from left, Lindsey Brickle, director of workforce and community partnerships at Polaris MEP; Julie Matthew, manufacturing director of Amgen Inc. in Rhode Island; Ara Millette, director of talent acquisition and workforce development at Lifespan Corp.; Nina Pande, executive director of Skills for Rhode Island’s Future; and Douglas Sherman, senior vice president and provost at the New England Institute of Technology. PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing at right, moderates. 
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Panel: Adaptability is key in today’s job market

Though Rhode Island’s job numbers have largely rebounded to pre-COVID-19 levels, Matthew Weldon, director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, doesn’t exactly...
MATTHEW WELDON, second from right, director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, speaks during a panel discussion at Providence Business News' Workforce Development Summit in Providence on Thursday. Also on the panel are, from left, Lindsey Brickle, director of workforce and community partnerships at Polaris MEP; Julie Matthew, manufacturing director of Amgen Inc. in Rhode Island; Ara Millette, director of talent acquisition and workforce development at Lifespan Corp.; Nina Pande, executive director of Skills for Rhode Island’s Future; and Douglas Sherman, senior vice president and provost at the New England Institute of Technology. PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing at right, moderated. PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN workforce summit: Flexibility ‘the best asset you can have at...

PROVIDENCE – With Rhode Island now having regained more than 90% of jobs lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers may feel that the...

DESIGNxRI’s Design Catalyst Program expands throughout state

PROVIDENCE – DESIGNxRI's Design Catalyst Program has funded the efforts of Providence-based entrepreneurs since its launch in 2016. Now in its eighth year, the...
WORK-FOCUSED: Panelists lead a discussion at Providence Business News’ 2023 Workforce Development Summit on Feb. 16. The panel included, from left, Julie Matthew, Nina Pande, Bill Schmiedeknecht, Doug Sherman and Matthew Weldon. 
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Panel: Offering flexible workplace is now a must

From an employer perspective, the labor market may appear to be in poor shape as many fear the U.S. is nearing, or is already...
THE PANEL at Providence Business News' 2023 Workforce Development Summit on Thursday includes, from left, Julie Matthew, Amgen Inc. manufacturing director; Nina Pande, Skills for Rhode Island's Future executive director; Bill Schmiedeknecht, Lifespan Corp. interim senior vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer; Doug Sherman, New England Institute of Technology senior vice president and provost; and Matthew Weldon, R.I. Department of Labor and Training director. Moderating is PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing at right. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN Summit: ‘Human capital is your single greatest investment’ for a...

PROVIDENCE – As Rhode Island’s largest private employer, Lifespan Corp. hires about 100 new employees each month.  While that’s an improvement on earlier COVID-19-induced hiring...
A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION was held Thursday at the Rhode Island College Workforce Development Hub in Central Falls to talk about Gov. Daniel J. McKee's proposed 'higher ed academy.' / PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

McKee, college students discuss proposed ‘higher ed academy’

CENTRAL FALLS – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Thursday met with current and former college students along with state education and employment officials at...
EXPERT INSIGHT: Providence Business News Editor Michael Mello, right, moderates a discussion among PBN Workforce Development Summit panelists, from left, Lisa Abbot, Steve Duvel, Nina Pande, Doug Sherman and Matthew Weldon. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit panel: Companies need to fine-tune their perks

In today’s job market, companies that hold strictly to pre-pandemic work expectations, such as rigid schedules and full-time office hours, tend to struggle to...
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