Western Maine Community Action provided a 10 week hands-on training opportunity for Mario Sobral at Elmet Technology.  Pictured left to right Christina King, Cathy Stairs, WMCA; Mario Sobral, Elmet OJT candidate; and Keri Robichaud, WMCA.  Photo courtesy of Monica Millhime, WMCA.

Western Maine Community Action at the Lewiston CareerCenter recently formed a workforce training partnership with Elmet Technology in Lewiston.  Mario Sobral was enrolled in an On-the-Job Training Program involving 400 hours of direct training as a heavy wire specialist. “Elmet Technology hired Mario Sobral through an On-the-Job partnership in October.  He has excelled in his role as a Heavy Wire Specialist.  He has been a positive addition to our work force and our partnership with WMCA has been instrumental in his training.  Coming to Elmet Technologies with little to no manufacturing experience, the training money from WMCA allowed Elmet Technologies to hire Mario who we may not have otherwise  considered. Elmet Technologies looks forward to a continued successful relationship with WMCA and future employees hired through the OJT program.” according to  Kristin Gibson, Elmet Human Resource Manager.  WMCA manages the grant which provides funding to train eligible candidates. Area businesses in manufacturing, construction, welding, healthcare,  technology, and more offer opportunities in high demand, high growth career paths.  Employers teach candidates knowledge and skills which allow them to grow competent in specific jobs.  Employers are reimbursed up to 50% of trainee’s wage during the program duration. Partnerships are developed in the public, private non-profit or private sectors.  “The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act focuses on both employers and job seekers and provides services to people in the 5-Counties of Central Western Maine,” shares Patti Saarinen, WIOA Program Coordinator for the Central and Western Maine CareerCenters.  FMI on the program call 713.7045 or email mmillhime@wmca.org. Visit https://www.facebook.com/WesternMaineCommunityAction/