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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...

Citizens invests $600K in statewide workforce development

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Financial Group Inc. on Tuesday announced a $600,000 commitment to local nonprofit and education organizations working to address the growing skills gap and...
PAULA IACONO, executive director of the Chartercare Foundation who was named the 2023 Career Achiever in Providence Business News’ 2023 Business Women Awards program, delivers her speech during Thursday's awards luncheon at the Providence Marriott Downtown. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN honors top Business Women for 2023

PROVIDENCE – Paula Iacono at first didn’t set out to be a fundraiser. But, she said, “it happened.” Iacono, the executive director of the Chartercare...
HELPING STUDENTS: Skills for Rhode Island’s Future Executive Director Nina Pande, among other tasks, oversees the organization’s PrepareRI Internship Program, and secures paid internships for Rhode Island high school juniors. 
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

SkillsRI’s Pande provides the right skills to support R.I.’s economic future

PBN 2023 Business Women Awards SOCIAL SERVICES/NONPROFIT INDUSTRY LEADER: Nina Pande | Skills for Rhode Island’s Future executive director NINA PANDE HAS been told that...

SkillsRI launches technical support program through RI Small Business HUB

PROVIDENCE – Skills for Rhode Island’s Future has officially launched the RI Rebounds Technical Assistance Program, Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced Monday along with...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS has announced 28 honorees for its 2023 Business Women Awards program.

CharterCARE Foundation’s Iacono among 28 honorees for PBN’s Business Women Awards...

PROVIDENCE – Paula Iacono, executive director for the CharterCARE Foundation, has been selected by Providence Business News as this year’s Career Achievement winner among...
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...
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