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THE BRICKLE GROUP has announced that it has received more than $84 million in DOD contracts over the last eight months.

Brickle Group lands big government contracts

WOONSOCKET – The Brickle Group announced more than $84 million in Defense Logistics Agency contracts have been awarded to its subsidiary Northwest Woolen Mill...

CCRI offering free marine trades and composites pre-apprenticeship program

PROVIDENCE – The Community College of Rhode Island, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, Real Jobs Rhode Island and R.I. Department...
BRAINSTORMING: New England Medical Innovation Center founders and managing partners Aidan Petrie, left, and Lydia Shin Schroter, second from left, lead a brainstorming session with staff members Danielle Sturm, second from right, marketing and communications manager, and Maey Petrie, program coordinator, at the organization’s Providence office.
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

R.I.’s medtech innovators get much-needed support

Fresh ideas are at the core of the medical-technology industry, but as Aidan Petrie saw during his tenure as chief innovation officer at Providence-based...
Thanks to digital imaging, more work for construction projects can be done in house. In this case Arden Building pipefitter/welder Andy Guimond can weld and grind 30 of the 40 connections needed for this pipe at the company’s Pawtucket facility before taking the piece to the building site. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

As more construction jobs open, finding workers continues to be difficult

Still wanted: Quality-control personnel, estimators, project managers, welders and many others for construction companies in Rhode Island. There are simply not enough people to go...

Five Questions With: Cody J. Fino

The Community College of Rhode Island, in collaboration with the Westerly Education Center, Real Jobs Rhode Island and the R.I. Department of Labor and...
UPDATING THE PATH A new collaboration between the Westerly Education Center, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner and businesses across the state, with support from the Real Jobs Rhode Island initiative, is training the next generation of process technicians and chemical operators, positions needed in the brewing, medical research and consumer products industries, among others. The program requires a high school diploma or GED to begin, takes eight weeks of both classroom learning and hands-on training, 
and is free. Here, Clarke Richmond makes circuits to control fluids at the WEC. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD


Paths to manufacturing jobs grow

Perhaps it was an extraordinary run as a major manufacturer in a number of industries, one that kept the state looking backward instead of...

Building the workforce

Has your company’s workforce increased over the last five years? Yes: 87.5% No: 12.5% What programs does your company use to find potential workers? (Select multiple) Other: 75% Local...

SEG announces new Health & Wellness Accelerator cohort

PROVIDENCE – Social Enterprise Greenhouse named a new cohort of 12 social ventures from Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the organization’s Health and Wellness...
As blumshapiro’s industry leader for its construction and real estate group, Luke Ebersold has significant responsibilities. But his move to Rhode Island has given him personal satisfaction, as well as exposure 
to the state’s workforce-
development programs. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Responsive government helps develop workforce in way industry needs

Luke Ebersold | Blum, Shapiro & Co. PC Rhode Island managing partner Even though I’ve spent the last several years living and working in Connecticut,...
WORKFORCE TRAINING: Julian L. Alssid, Community College of Rhode Island’s vice president of workforce partnerships, observes an adult education math class. CCRI introduced workforce training in math several years ago, and is now doing the same for language with its “Spanish for Survivors” pilot course.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Giving employers the skills to speak with their workers

The diversification of Rhode Island’s workforce has resulted in a frequent challenge for many employers. Workers may know enough English to perform their jobs,...
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