A Workforce Program to UPSKILL Talent for the Manufacturing Industry — Recruiting, Growing, and Training Talent, and Mitigating Training Costs with Wage Subsidies

TALENT: Candidates are unemployed or underemployed and include CCAT-qualified candidates and underemployed incumbent workers their employer intends to upskill and promote. CCAT-qualified candidates have been assessed and demonstrate high-level math and mechanical aptitude that align with jobs in manufacturing, but require additional skills training for higher level positions.

TRAININGS: We provide customized trainings, mentor/training subsidies, other employee and technical supports employers need to help them grow their business for the future and build a stronger, vibrant workforce for a rapidly changing work world. 
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$7,800 in MENTOR WAGE SUBSIDIES: We offer $7,800 in wage subsidy reimbursement for manufacturing Connecticut companies that identify a mentor to assist the hired candidate, or the newly trained incumbent worker, for eight weeks with on-the-job training support.

EMPLOYER ELIGIBILITY: Eligible Connecticut manufacturers who are committed to training talent for the future with candidates who are underemployed or unemployed. Candidates come from across the state of Connecticut and must be upskilled through a training plan in partnership with the REV-UP technical team and the employer. For more eligibility details, see below.

Current Offering: Industrial Sales Training

Industrial Sales Training starts May 23 and prepares individuals for a sales (or a closely related role) in manufacturing. This FREE hybrid course includes structured industrial sales training with exposure to current and emerging industry 4.0 and smart technologies. Students receive one-on-one coaching with the instructor for six weeks following the completion of training. To be eligible, an employer must be a Connecticut manufacturer that has identified an “underemployed” incumbent worker who will receive a wage adjustment following completion of the program.

Six hours of classroom instruction
Five hours of self-paced online instruction
Six hours of online 1:1 sales coaching

In-person Classes:
Tue. May 23, Wed. May 24
9 am – 12 pm, 222 Pitkin St, East Hartford

  • Build Your Client Base
  • The CRM
  • Developing Opportunities
  • Prospecting
  • Cultivating Relationships
  • Communications
  • Your Pitch
  • Closing
  • Campaign Creation and Execution
  • Collateral Materials
  • Program Administration

Instructor: Michael Cappello is a sales veteran with 30+ years of business development experience and producer of Rapid Business Development, capribd.com.

How to Apply for Industrial Sales Training:
As a company, sign up for REV-UP to become eligible for this and other trainings. If you’re interested, please reach out directly to Cameron Diaz cdiaz@ccat.us.

Employer Eligibility
Employer must be committed to training talent for the future with candidates who are underemployed or unemployed. Underemployment describes the employment of workers with high skill levels, or post-secondary education, who are working in relatively lower-skilled, lower-wage job, OR a part-time worker desiring full-time work, OR a temporary worker desiring a full-time position. Candidates must be upskilled through a training plan implemented in partnership with the REV-UP! technical training team and their employer. Incumbent workers must receive a wage increase as a result of participation in the program. In addition, the employer must:

  • be a Connecticut located manufacturing or allied service provider company (allied service providers only include companies that physically interact with a manufactured good to alter the product - for example industrial heat treaters and industrial platers).
  • be registered for at least three years and currently generating revenue.
  • have 51% or more of the company's revenue generated from the sale of goods the applicant manufactures or from allied services provided to manufacturers.
  • be a for-profit entity with a manufacturing facility located in Connecticut.
  • have at least three full-time employees.
  • be operating in an appropriately zoned commercial area.
  • be registered with the Connecticut Secretary of State for at least three years.
  • be in good standing with the State of Connecticut, Department of Labor and Department of Revenue Services, and in full compliance with all federal and state laws, and will provide such proof.
Program Talent
REV-UP! Manufacturing can help you "power-up" your future workforce!  
  • IDENTIFY TALENT IN YOUR COMMUNITY. REV-UP! Manufacturing can help you find talent in your community. CCAT will identify high potential manufacturing candidates, aligned with competencies for technology skills needed now and for the future.
  • IDENTIFY ELIGIBLE TALENT IN YOUR COMPANY. Do you have an employee who is not using their full potential and could be in line for a promotion? Have you hired an employee since January 1, 2023 with high skill levels and/or postsecondary education who is currently working in a lower-skilled, lower-wage job? Do you have a part-time employee desiring full-time work OR a temporary worker desiring a full-time position?
  • Once talent has been identified, the employer will work with the REV-UP! training team to select and support completion of a training program supporting skills for the future. REV-UP! can help mitigate training costs if the employer identifies a company mentor to support the newly acquired skills in the on-the-job training of the worker.
Mentor Wage Subsidies
  • REV-UP! Manufacturing can help an employer mitigate training costs if the employer identifies a company mentor to support on-the-job training of the new worker. The mentor/training reimbursement of $7,800 can be submitted after the employee has successfully completed eight weeks of on-the-job training. Mentor wage reimbursement processing will require invoicing with completed training plan record and evidence of trainee’s work time and wage during that period by submitting payroll records.

Have questions?

Contact program manager Cameron Diaz at cdiaz@ccat.us. We try to respond within 24-48 business hours to quickly review program criteria and potential identified employee eligibility, and to establish next steps.

REV-UP! Manufacturing is a CareerConneCT program powered by CCAT and supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP0128 awarded to the State of Connecticut by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the CT Office of Workforce Strategy. Cannabis related programs are not eligible for funding or support through federal funds.