Manufacturing

Did you know that there are nearly 7,000 jobs in manufacturing in Franklin and Hampshire Counties and in the North Quabbin region? How about the fact that the average overall wage of a machinist in the area is $47,514/yr? Most positions don’t require a college degree and demand for this industry has remained stable, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Feel free to check out the map below for more details. If you are +18-years-old and interested in advanced manufacturing training, MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board (FHWB) in conjunction with Greenfield Community College offer free training to qualified candidates. Check out the information session dates here.

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Healthcare

The healthcare industry continues to be a growing occupation with more career pathways than just a nurse or a doctor. Some occupations require advanced degrees (Medical Doctor (MD), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Register Nurse (RN)) while many entry-level positions (Personal Care Aides (PCA), Home Health Aides (HHA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)) require minimal experience and, in some cases, no additional certifications. The healthcare field is a vast industry and worth exploring. Check out the map below for more details. If you are +18-years-old and interested in CNA training, you may qualify for free CNA training through the Healthcare UP! program offered through the MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center (MHFHCC) in conjunction with Greenfield Community College. Check out the information session dates here.

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Education

Over 23,000 people in the Franklin Hampshire region are employed in the Educational Services sector. 24% of people employed in the region work in this sector, which includes administration, office, technical, information, food service, and trades jobs as well as teaching occupations. That is a lot of jobs! You can probably imagine some of those faces walking down your high school corridor. Try to imagine what kind of experiences led them to this field. Did they always want to be a teacher? A janitor? A principal? An office clerk? Check out the map below for more details on the different educational services pathways.

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