Workforce Development & Training Opportunities

Bristol is home to thriving industries like marine composites and manufacturing, which reported more than 1,000 manufacturing jobs in the US Census Bureau's 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

With ever changing technology, and a need for new skilled employees, Bristol provides opportunities for people of all ages to explore new career paths, gain skills and knowledge to help them advance in their careers, and to be part of the Town's thriving industries. Read on for workforce development and training opportunities available right in our backyard!

Discover Talent In Bristol

As businesses grow their operations, access to the right people is crucial. Whether a business is looking to bring on a new full-time employee or seek assistance from an intern, finding talent in Bristol has never been easier. Hiring locally increases networking opportunities, minimizes employee relocation cost, gives valuable work experience to Bristol youth and provides a boost to the economy.

Employers can learn how to create a successful internship program through Bridge Jobs's employer guide here.

Roger Williams University Employer Program

Roger Williams University provides different ways for employers to promote their business on campus and connect with talented students. Organizations have the benefit of participating in an array of programs such as Career Fairs, Networking Events, Intern/Extern Sponsorships, Guest Speaking at Career Workshops or Hosting Student Informational Sessions.

To assist businesses with their recruitment efforts, RWU has an exclusive online job board. Hire a hawk today by registering on Hawks Hunt!

For additional information on other partnership opportunities, visit the RWU website.

Mount Hope High School Internship Program

The Mt. Hope High School Internship program, in partnership with community businesses, provides structured, on-the-job professional training that complements classroom learning. Students experience first hand the demands of the work environment and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills required for college and career. The internship program is designed to increase career awareness, help model student behavior through examples, and reinforce the link between classroom learning and work requirements.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mario Andrade, Superintendent of Schools, at 401-253-4000 ext. 5103.

Click here for a promotional flyer.

Find Talent Outside Bristol

With today's technology, employers have the ability to connect with a variety of candidates in New England and beyond.

Bridge RI Jobs- State of Rhode Island internship search engine. Post openings and find qualified students.

EmployRI- State of Rhode Island job search engine. Post openings and find applicants in Rhode Island.

Indeed- The largest job search engine. Post openings and find qualified applicants around the globe.

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Train Talent For Business In Bristol

Rhode Island SCORE

In partnership with the Small Business Administration, RI SCORE is a volunteer organization consisting retired business owners, professionals and executives with experience in all aspects of business management. RI SCORE offers access to FREE local workshops & events, industry mentors, webinars and business guides.

To view upcoming training opportunities, click here.

For additional information on RI SCORE, visit their website today.

Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE)

CWE is a nationally known non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities to women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, professional growth, and financial independence. CWE provides clients education, training, technical assistance and a business enterprise certification.

To view upcoming course offerings, click here.

Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA)

RIMTA is an organization of Rhode Island's marine trades industries, from recreational boating to advanced composites manufacturing based here in Bristol.  Through advocacy, education, and promotion, RIMTA works every day to promote and grow the Ocean State's marine-related industry. RIMTA also works to create and promote training opportunities for Rhode Island's workforce by partnering with workforce development programs throughout the state. 

Learn more about RIMTA's training programs and partnerships here.

Business Workforce Center

The Business Workforce Center is the state's central hub for training services offered through the state's One-Stop Career Centers and includes:
-OJT (On The Job) Training allows employers to hire and train workers, with the state reimbursing up to 50% of wages.
-CT (Customized) Training offsets up to 50% of the cost of training new employees.

To learn more about the Business Workforce Center's offerings, click here.