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Career Training Programs

Connecticut has a highly productive and educated workforce. There are several programs available to make sure Connecticut's workforce meets your company's needs:

Connecticut Department of Labor

Workplace consultation services are provided by staff in the Business Services Units of the local Connecticut Works Centers to assist businesses to move toward becoming high-performance work organizations. Employment and Training consultation services include:

  • Wage subsidies up to 50% for on the job training.
  • Industry-specific training projects featuring strong employer involvement in the design and the content of the curriculum.
  • Employee assessment assistance includes recruitment of potential candidates, office space and personnel support for interviewing candidates, job fairs - on site or in the community and computerized job banks to promote job openings.
  • The CTWorks Career Coach, a high-tech mobile classroom which can deliver services anywhere, anytime. The Career Coach is available to employers on a rental basis to provide training to their employees and for special events.
  • Supporting future workforce pipeline development.
  • Involvement with youth programs including internships, mentoring and work shadowing.
  • Follow-up/case management services.

The WorkPlace, Inc. provides workforce services for Southwest Connecticut and through a WIRED grant is developing a workforce partnership with Westchester and Putnam Counties in New York. The WorkPlace serves Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, Easton, Fairfield, Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull in Connecticut's Central Coast.

The Workforce Alliance provides workforce services for Central Connecticut including East Haven, Hamden, Milford, Orange, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, West Haven and Woodbridge in Connecticut's Central Coast.

Community Colleges

Each of Connecticut's 12 community colleges is part of the Business and Industry Services Network (BISN) a collaborative program linking business, industry, state government, and education.

The colleges align workforce data, industry cluster performance and national trends to develop and deliver customized workforce training programs, business needs assessments, and consultation services.

Program content is customized to meet the needs and objectives of businesses – whether they have 10 or 10,000 employees, and programs can meet at our campuses or at the employment site. The Business & Industry Services Network directors can help define your training needs, then design and deliver complete programs to meet those needs.


CONNSTEP has built a reputation as Connecticut's leading resource for manufacturing businesses. Since 1994, CONNSTEP has provided consulting and training solutions to over one-third of Connecticut manufacturers.

We help companies see past the problem and to the solution - our focus is on measurable results and achieving economic impact for our clients. CONNSTEP offers cost-effective solutions for top-line growth and operational efficiency to small and medium-sized manufacturing business in Connecticut. Our staff of manufacturing consultants has an average of twenty-five years of manufacturing experience in a wide-range of industries.

CONNSTEP is committed to building a long-term relationship with you and your company to address and solve your business needs.

CONNSTEP's mission is to help Connecticut manufacturers apply advanced manufacturing and management methodology to become more competitive, supporting the growth of Connecticut's economy.

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