Heads up, hands on, crawl away

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, October 24, 2016 6:33PM

Thirty-two high school students from ConVal and Jaffrey-Rindge took part in a “manufacturing crawl” as a part of recent Manufacturing Week activities.

The students and school counselors visited Teleflex, and New Hampshire Ball Bearings, giving them an opportunity to meet with employees and tour each of the locations.

“A lot of students don’t know what a manufacturing job is,” said John Reitnauer, CTE Director at ConVal. “It shows them that there are some jobs available in the area where you don’t have to head off to college and can make a good wage.”

Representatives from the three employers showed students many of the products they make and process. The companies also showed the jobs available in manufacturing and their pay rates.

Brooke Charron, human resources manager at NHBB, said that 70 percent of their jobs require no more than a high school diploma. These jobs also offer many benefits, including tuition reimbursement to employees who take job related courses.

“Manufacturing week highlights the need for skilled labor, and our strategic partnership ensures a pipeline of future talent while demonstrating to students career opportunities that they may not have realized existed,” said Charron. “We always enjoy hosting the students and seeing them get excited about manufacturing. Watching them get energized by the process and all that goes into it is a delight. We are very proud of what we do, and sharing that with the kids is an honor.”