Workforce Training Programs
Through a variety of training programs, Maine offers a comprehensive workforce development system for employers seeking to expand or locate in Maine, upgrade worker skills or reorganize the workplace to remain globally competitive. Our systemic approach features:
- Rapid Response
- Single-point contact
- Customized education and training
The specific programs you may be able to utilize are described below. In summary, these programs offer the following:
- Recruitment: No charge to company – resources offered by the Maine Quality Centers
- Workplace Safety: No charge to company – resources offered by the Maine Bureau of Labor Standards
The Maine Quality Centers Program provides new and expanding businesses with a pre-trained, competitive workforce.
Since September 1994, pre-hire training provided through the Maine Quality Centers Program has helped over 200 Maine firms expand, representing over 11,000 new jobs and $1.9 billion in private investments in Maine. Here is a sampling of the companies this program has helped:
- TD Banknorth, Lewiston
- The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor
- Disability RMS, Westbrook
- Backyard Farms, Madison
- Cianbro Corporation, Pittsfield
Eligibility: New or expanding firms creating a minimum of eight (8) new full-time jobs with benefits in Maine.
Type of assistance available:
100% state-financed pre-hire classroom training. Services include:
- Specialized Recruitment: Customized recruitment tailored to employer-designed criteria and delivered at no cost to the company.
- Customized Education and Training: Guaranteed, fast track, pre-hired training customized to employer specifications and delivered at no cost to the company. Training curriculum must be uniform for all employees.
Re-engineered for economic development, the Maine Apprenticeship Program is a relevant tool to provide customized training and professional credentials to new, present, as well as future workers.
Type of Assistance Available:
The Maine Apprenticeship Program pays partial fees for two courses a semester during the apprenticeship period. The curriculum includes an employer-driven combination of post-secondary education and on-the-job training.
Safety and Education Training Program
At no cost to the company, Maine’s Bureau of Labor Standards will provide customized health and safety training, site evaluation and technical support to reduce injuries, illness and worker’s compensation costs.
Priority for services is given to small and mid-sized employers with high-risk of occupational injuries and illnesses. All employers, however, are eligible for some level of service.
Type of assistance available:
- Safety and Health Compact Program: A 64-hour program tailored to employer needs based on review of Worker’s Compensation and OSHA injury/illness records and site visitation. Training is provided to top and middle management and health and safety team members. Topics include Hazard Assessment Tools and Building a Safety and Health Program. Other topics, such as Effective Ergonomics Programs, are included based on company need. Small employers may participate as part of an employer-consortium. Provided free of charge, this training is valued up to $30,000.
- Customized Workplace Safety Training: This training is for management and employees. Includes topics identified by the state and company through joint evaluation. Provided free of charge, this training is valued at $250 to $500/employee.
- On-site Evaluation: Assessment of existing and potential hazards, with recommendations for remediation.
Brunswick Landing Incentives
Aviation Workforce Training
The Maine Advanced Technology and Engineer Center (MATEC) is located at Brunswick Landing. It is a collaboration between the University of Maine and Southern Maine Community College providing:
- Customized Workforce Development
- Skilled Local Workforce Support
- Ties into the Maine Aerospace Alliance firms
Composites Technology Workforce Training
SMCC offers one of the top composites technology programs in the country at MATEC with the one-of-a-kind Composites Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) located right on campus. Read more about the program and watch videos.
TOPS, Provides businesses located at Brunswick Landing that employ Maine workers engaged in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) occupations wage subsidies and educational assistance.
- The program reimburses an employer for 50% of the wage for the first 12 weeks of employment, while the employee is in on-the-job training.
- The program pays for classroom and onsite training including college classes related to the occupational training
- The program representatives are located at Brunswick Landing and will assist an employer in recruitment and screening.
- The program will work with the Maine Quality Center in a coordinated effort to assist the employer in obtaining the best and most economic job outcomes.