Manufacturing Industry Boom Creating Opportunity For Mentors


The distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is accelerating hiring throughout Connecticut. Employers added 5,400 jobs in March, according to a report from Connecticut’s Department of Labor. The state has now recovered more than 60-percent of employment lost a year ago due to the pandemic.

Manufacturing fell to a little more than 148,000 jobs, in April of last year. In March, that industry reported just under 153,000 jobs.

The manufacturing industry is booming in Connecticut and opening doors of opportunities for a new workforce as well as those with experience.

The growing demand for skilled workers to meet the needs of the state’s resurgent manufacturing industry – estimated at 25,000 to 35,000 positions in the next two decades – is outpacing supply and has created an increasing need for instructors at colleges and pipeline programs across Connecticut.

“Manufacturing has been identified as a key driver for the recovery of Connecticut’s economy,” said Richard DuPont, director of community & campus relations, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, Housatonic Community College. “With some 4,500 large and small manufacturers across our state looking to fill thousands of jobs, the demand for skills to fill these openings has never been higher.”

Learning from those with experience is vital to the success of the next generation of manufacturers. AARP Connecticut will provide those who are retired or entering retirement an opportunity to learn more at a free virtual seminar this Wednesday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m (register: or Tuesday, May 18, at 10 a.m. (register: Participants can choose the week or time that best fits their schedule.

The entry points are such that a manufacturing retiree could earn a little income by working a few hours a week or entirely re-career into a full-time position. No teaching experience or degree is required for many positions and professional development courses for manufacturing professionals looking to switch to college instruction are available.

To learn more about guest speakers, job opportunities, have a chance to ask questions, and how to be part of the resurgence by bringing your experience to the classroom – visit AARP Connecticut.