Connect your students with career opportunities in manufacturing.

Educators and school counselors can use this website to develop or enhance their manufacturing programs and encourage students to consider a career in manufacturing.

Take Action: Reach out to local manufacturing companies to arrange student internships, manufacturing tours, and/or guest speakers. Participate in an educator externship to learn more about the skills required by the industry. Read the school reports and connect with other K-12 manufacturing program staff to develop a partnership or create a learning community.

Resources for Educators.

Learn how manufacturing work experiences for 16- and 17-year-old students CAN happen

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Why choose a career in the manufacturing industry?

As a critical component of Connecticut’s economy, manufacturing offers exceptional opportunities for students seeking career paths. With a variety of available occupations, above-average pay, benefits and healthcare, and advancement opportunities, a career in the manufacturing industry has a lot to offer students and individuals.

School Reports
School Programs

The average wage in manufacturing is $100K annually.

There are over 3,700 manufacturing companies in CT.

Every 1 manufacturing job supports 3 additional jobs in other sectors.

44% of manufacturers plan on growing their workforce in the next 6 months.

The MEP National Network equips U.S. manufacturers with the tools and resources necessary to be competitive in today’s rapidly changing marketplace.

With MEP Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, U.S. manufacturers have easy access to comprehensive, proven solutions. In fiscal year (FY) 2021, the Network interacted with 34,307 manufacturers. 

MEP Network

125746 jobs
created or retained by U.S. Manufacturers

with the help of the MEP National Network, according to clients surveyed in FY 2021.

With a high demand for talent, the manufacturing industry offers quality career opportunities that often go unnoticed by students.

The Manufacturing Skills for CT project aims to address the issue of gaps in the state’s manufacturing workforce development system – seeking to connect students with education opportunities leading to promising careers in manufacturing. Learn more about why manufacturing is so important to Connecticut’s economy, and why creating opportunities is critical to the future of the industry.

Why Manufacturing?