Introducing ManufactureCT Exchange – a new channel for sharing and learning about various manufacturing pipeline initiatives across the state. You may have heard that there are workforce development “programs out there” and don’t know who to contact. Well, check back here regularly because we’ll be adding more video introductions to leaders who are running manufacturing initiatives, and this is your special invitation to virtually meet them and reach out! Collectively, these programs are aimed at swelling the ranks of qualified manufacturers building careers in Connecticut, as well as stable businesses prepared to hire, train and mentor them.

CT Chief Manufacturing Officer Colin Cooper Retirement Message

Description: Connecticut’s first Chief Manufacturing Officer Colin H. Cooper sends this message to the ManufactureCT community as retires from his position. For the past 2+ years Colin’s collaboration with the private and public sectors has resulted in a number of initiatives and investments that will strengthen the manufacturing industry in Connecticut for years to come. Governor Ned Lamont has appointed Paul Lavoie as the new Chief Manufacturing Officer of Connecticut.

Colin H. Cooper, Chief Manufacturing Officer, State of Connecticut

Skill Up for Manufacturing

Program description: Skill Up for Manufacturing is a 5-7 week course designed to train entry level adult candidates who want a manufacturing career on the fundamentals employers need.

Steve Johnson, Business Services Coordinator

Office: 203-867-4030 ext. 233
560 Ella T Grasso Blvd. – New Haven, CT. 06519

REV Up1!

REV Up! is designed to support Connecticut manufacturers by providing wage subsidies and customized training for new hires that have been unemployed, underemployed and adversely impacted by COVID. Qualified companies are eligible for up to 16 weeks of wage subsidies for qualified new hires, retroactive to July 1, 2021. A limited pool of prescreened REV-Up! candidates is available. REV-Up! also offers additional technology funding and an Employer Mentor bonus program.
This program is in partnership with the CT Office of Workforce Strategy and Connecticut State Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD)

Eileen Candels, Advanced Technology Outreach Coordinator, CCAT

Office: 860-558-5796
222 Pitkin Street – East Hartford, Connecticut 06108


ApprenticeshipWorks provides training to address the shortage of skilled workers in the manufacturing and healthcare sectors, and prepares workers to enter apprenticeships and employment. The program creates pipelines for high school students and adults. Trainees receive access to career coaching and exploration, workforce readiness training, resume, interview, and job search assistance, occupational training and certifications as well as supportive services at no-cost.

Sarah Lewis, Director of ApprenticeshipWorks

Office: 203-416-8407
1000 Lafayette Blvd | 5th Floor | Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604