PITTSFIELD – Even with Maine’s unemployment rate the lowest it has been in nearly 40 years, thee state still is experiencing a shortage of skilled workers.
On Tuesday, Cianbro’s on-site training institute was cited by federal officials as a way to retain and attract workers during a visit by U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
The institute opened almost a year ago. Since then, more than 1,000 people have received one sort of training or another, according to company officials.
“The very first thing new employees were learning were the OSHA rules and the safety rules,” Acosta said.
Added Collins: “Broadband access for rural sections of the state continues to be a roadblock for the information super highway. There are certain companies, particularly the high-tech companies, that will not locate in an area unless they have access to high speed internet.”
Acosta said there are ways that the federal government can assist in spreading fiber optics throughout the state. He said it is critically important because more and more training and education will take place over the internet.
During their tour, Collins and Acosta spoke with newly hired employees as well as Cianbro veterans, who were being retrained on upgraded equipment.
a process that has worked for us for a number of years. And encourage others to invest the state, but not only that invest in the people.