Workforce Development and Training Opportunities

Bristol is home to a thriving marine composites and manufacturing industry, reporting more than 1,000 manufacturing jobs in the US Census Bureau's 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year estimate.  Many of Bristol's manufacturing and marine composites companies continue to innovate and remain cutting edge in their fields.  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 leading edge in manufacturing and marine composites. Read on for workforce development and training opportunities available right in your backyard!

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 complement 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.

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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 right 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.  Programs offered include pre-apprenticeships, incumbent worker and professional development, summer marketing internships, and a youth boat building experience.  Visit RIMTA's webpage to find out more about their programs and partners. 

IYRS (International Yacht Restoration School)

IYRS prepares students for the global manufacturing industry through programs including Boat Building and Restoration, Composites Technology, and Marine Systems.  IYRS also partners with other local and regional colleges and universities to provide students with elective credits to go towards Bachelor's and Associate's degree programs.

The Composites Technology and Marine Systems programs are currently taught at a campus here in Bristol, where students get real world experience right next door to some of the leading composites companies.

Check out the IYRS website to find out more about the programs and classes, and to connect with a representative to start your application process today.

Governor's Workforce Board

Established in 2005, the Governor's Workforce Board is the primary policy-making body on workforce development for the State of Rhode Island.  The main function of the Board is to plan, coordinate, fund, and evaluate workforce development activities in the state.  The Board provides opportunities for employer and industry partnerships, adult education programs, youth initiatives, and career pathways.  Visit the Board's website for more information.

CommerceRI Business Incentives

Commerce RI is the State's quasi-public agency, the corporation serves as a government and community resource to help streamline the business expansion process in, and relocation to, Rhode Island. The agency assists new and existing companies with commercial real estate, business financing, workforce training and other relevant issues.  Here is an overview of the programs and resources offered by Commerce RI.