Changing Workforce

Manufacturing looks to inner-city schools for workforce

By HartfordBusiness.com

Oct 12, 2015

To replace its aging and retiring workforce, Connecticut manufacturers must find an untapped cache of younger workers, and workforce development professionals say urban schools offer the best solution.

Connecticut's cities — Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, New London and Bridgeport — have significantly younger populations than the suburbs or rural areas, offering a potentially large supply of workers to fill in gaps left by an industry with one of the oldest workforces in the state, said Thomas Phillips, president and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners in Hartford.

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