A new center for one-stop job shopping is now open in Montville.
The American Job Center is a full-service center that will host regional hiring events and workshops, and open the door to apprenticeship programs, special services for veterans, on-site employer recruitment and more.
“It really is nice because it’s one-stop shopping. There’s so many different agencies in this building that if somebody needs multiple types of services, they can do it within the confines of this one building,” said Chris Jewell, the chairman of the Eastern Workforce Investment Board.
"There’s nothing like this in southeastern Connecticut," he said.
It will be key to filling new manufacturing jobs in Southeastern Connecticut – something every lawmaker and local leader touted at the grand opening Friday.
People who want to get into the business can take their prerequisite testing—the vetting process all takes place at the job center. Once they go through the pipeline program, different business specialists can find them jobs, Jewell said.
“(Manufacturing jobs are) immensely critical because they have a huge multiplier effect. So on the economy, manufacturing jobs, you have materials you have to purchase, subcontractors you have to utilize, so there’s various streams of income that come in from manufacturing,” Jewell said.
The hope is the center will bring in younger talent, too, to get them started in the manufacturing field.