WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Electric Boat announced together on Tuesday a new strategic plan to train workers to fulfill the long-term employment needs of at Quonset Point.
Electric Boat says their hiring is skyrocketing over the next fifteen years, and recruiting needs to be sustainable for the long term as the building of submarines for the Navy increases; some 5,500 positions could be filled by the end of the 2020’s.
“To compete in the 21st-century economy, we need to invest in the skills that businesses need,” Gov. Raimondo said at the announcement, held at New England Institute of Technology in Warwick. “This plan provides a reliable pipeline of talent to help EB meet its commitments to the U.S. Navy, and it puts thousands of Rhode Islanders to work in well-paying jobs.”
Raimondo and Electric Boat reps outlined the plan in greater detail on programs for career and technical training, according to a news release from the partners:
- Adding post-employment training for submarine maritime trades at “finishing schools” such as New England Tech and, starting in January 2017, the new Westerly Higher Education and Job Skills Center
- Increasing capacity at New England Tech by expanding the Ship Building and Advance Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) from its current Post Road location to its Access Road Campus also in Warwick
- Establishing a partnership between CCRI’s Westerly Satellite Campus and the new skills center to offer training in maritime sheet metal, pipefitting, and electrical programs
The plan was first announced back in May.