MassHire Greater New Bedford Workforce Board News
MassHire Greater New Bedford Workforce Development Area
Executive Team Transition
James D. Oliveira, CEO
Joseph P. Lopes, Executive Director

On October 1, 2022, Joe Lopes assumed the position of Executive Director here at MassHire Greater New Bedford Workforce Board. Jim Oliveira will remain with the Board as Chief Executive Officer until he retires at the end of March, 2023.

This transition was masterminded by Jim Oliveira himself as a strategic succession plan to ensure smooth executive operations moving forward. Although Jim's retirement date is at the end of March, the Staff here at the Board know (and greatly hope) Jim will be contributing to our workforce development efforts long after as a consultant and mentor. Congratulations to Joe on his appointment and to Jim as he looks ahead to new beginnings.
Registered Apprenticeships

Our Apprenticeship Team forges ahead with job placements for CNC Machine Operators and Solar Technicians at our employer partners along with several other apprentice opportunities in active pending status awaiting approval. We are currently actively recruiting for apprenticeship positions in pharmacy tech,  CNC machining and welding.

Interested Employers in all industries can also contact us for information on how a Registered Apprenticeship program can upskill staff, improve productivity, and retain quality workers.

Contact Debra Hartman or Matt De Oliveira at MassHire Greater New Bedford Workforce Board for information. 

Debra Hartman
Apprenticeship Documentation Coordinator
Phone 508.979.1504 x121

Matt De Oliveira
Apprenticeship Specialist
Phone  774.451.2237

CNC Machinist Apprenticeship
Now recruiting apprenticeships 
for the following careers:
CNC Machine Operator
Pharmacy Technician
Youth Services
Youth Services

The Youth Team at the Greater New Bedford Workforce Board hit major milestones in 2022 while elevating youth programming to the next level for our region. Jamilyn Soares, Justin Grota, and Deven Robitaille worked together coordinating the Youth Department and hit the ground running.

Over the past year, the team utilized $1.8 million in State and Federal funding to expose over 5000 young adults to hundreds of career pathways and work readiness trainings. They visited 12 local high schools and hosted career exploration and job fairs, instilled leadership and entrepreneurship skills, introduced socio-emotional learning, mindfulness and mental well-being into the curriculum and built lasting connections with the youth.

Partnerships with local business professionals, community leaders and educators made it possible for the Youth Team to place over 500 youth into paid internships, work-based learning experiences and summer employment.

The Youth Team's creative and innovative spin on youth programming did not go unnoticed! They were invited to present at a National Youth Symposium in North Carolina and at several State level discussions. They were able to use this platform to share best practices and lessons learned when servicing a diverse population of young adults and preparing them for the workforce.

Overall, 2022 was a great success for the Youth Team, their partners and the young adults they served. It truly takes a village and on behalf of the Workforce Board and Youth Department, all your support is greatly appreciated.

If you would like more information on youth programming in our community, feel free to call (508) 979 -1504 and ask for the Youth Department.

“I enjoyed hearing about the programing the Youth Team is building!  What they are doing is needed. The passion they show for their work is necessary, especially with the youth. Bringing together education and the business community is an important step in making a difference”
— Nickie Collard-Andrade, Workforce Coordinator, Vineyard Wind 
MassHire GNB Workforce Board Youth Team Coordinators, Jamilyn Soares and Deven Robitaille, present the workshop "Attracting Tomorrow’s Workforce Today" at NAWDP's Youth Symposium in Charlotte, NC.
NAWDP's Youth Symposium in Charlotte, NC.
“The Presenters were phenomenal and I would really love for them to come present to my staff in Arizona. Excellent, inspiring!”
Bill M., Symposium Attendee
“They were able to explain how they were maximizing each dollar within the guidelines. They mentioned creative and lasting partnerships that worked. Great Presentation.”
Langley K., Symposium Attendee
The team received outstanding feedback for their efforts. See what else participants had to say!. >>>
Heathcare Training
FREE Home Health Aide and Certified Nursing Assistant Training to unemployed and income eligible participants.
Professional healthcare workers are in demand. These positions offer great opportunities for individuals who want to start a career in the medical field! You will receive instruction in the classroom and lab, as well as hands-on experience in a local long-term care facility. This program prepares you for the Massachusetts CNA State Exam. The training is licensed by the Division of Professional Licensure, Private Occupational School.

HURRY! Space is limited. Follow this link to request more information. >>>
In this newsletter, edition we focus our spotlight on the workforce development partners that compose the MassHire Southeast Region 6 Workforce Board area. MassHire Southeast Region 6 includes the Workforce Boards of MassHire Greater New Bedford, MassHire Bristol, MassHire Greater Brockton, MassHire South Shore and their respective MassHire Career Centers.

Initiated by the Massachusetts Workforce Skills Cabinet’s plan to align state and local programs, policies, and resources to promote job growth and to address employer staffing needs, MassHire Southeast Region 6 began working together formally in a coordinated effort in 2017.
The first objective was to conduct a regional analysis using key labor market indicators to establish priority industry sectors and identify skill gaps to better serve workforce development needs. Findings from this effort are documented in our 2018 report, the SE Massachusetts Regional Labor Market Blueprint, and then updated again in 2020. Since then, MassHire Southeast Region 6 Workforce Boards have worked together collectively on a variety of initiatives and large-scale regional training programs. We work together with training providers, industry organizations, human service agencies and employers to create opportunities for employment and career advancement within our region.
MassHire Southeast Region 6 consists of 56 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts and includes the six Gateway Cities of Attleboro, Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Quincy and Taunton. Collectively, we serve the region through labor market analysis, leveraging partnerships and implementing programs to address workforce development and promote economic growth. Our regional efforts include programs in a variety of industries, including banking and finance, cyber security, healthcare industry grants and a Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) at MassTech Collaborative grant for advance manufacturing now in its fourth year of implementation.

Cities and Towns Served by MassHire Southeast Region 6 Workforce Boards:

  • Acushnet, MA
  • Dartmouth, MA
  • Fairhaven, MA
  • East Freetown, MA
  • Lakeville, MA
  • Marion, MA
  • Mattapoisett, MA
  • New Bedford, MA
  • Rochester, MA
  • Wareham, MA
  • Attleboro, MA
  • Berkley, MA
  • Dighton, MA
  • Fall River, MA
  • Mansfield, MA
  • North Attleborough, MA
  • Norton, MA
  • Raynham, MA
  • Rehoboth, MA
  • Seekonk, MA
  • Somerset, MA
  • Swansea, MA
  • Taunton, MA
  • Westport, MA
  • Abington, MA
  • Avon, MA
  • Bridgewater, MA
  • Brockton, MA
  • East Bridgewater, MA
  • Easton, MA
  • Hanson, MA
  • Stoughton, MA
  • West Bridgewater, MA
  • Whitman, MA
  • Braintree, MA
  • Carver, MA
  • Cohasset, MA
  • Duxbury, MA
  • Halifax, MA
  • Hanover, MA
  • Hingham, MA
  • Holbrook, MA
  • Hull, MA
  • Kingston, MA
  • Marshfield, MA
  • Middleborough, MA
  • Milton, MA
  • Norwell, MA
  • Pembroke, MA
  • Plymouth, MA
  • Plympton, MA
  • Quincy, MA
  • Randolph, MA
  • Rockland, MA
  • Scituate, MA
  • Weymouth, MA
Career Center
Behavioral Health Job Fair
Other Training Initiatives
With Old Colony Career Technical Institute (CTI)
Welding Training
Culinary Arts Training
National Apprenticeship Week
From November 14 to 20, 2022, MassHire Greater New Bedford Workforce Board celebrated the 8th Annual National Apprenticeship Week.
New Bedford City Council Proclaimation
Learn More!


SAMC focuses on connecting manufacturers with the resources for developing a sustainable, talented pipeline of employees. We achieve this by providing input on educating and training for your current and future workforce, and by identifying best practices in advanced manufacturing workforce activities.

Visit today.

Visit SAMC's Calendar page for a complete list of training, workshops, seminars, meetings and industry events for the advanced manufacturing industry.

View Calendar now! >>>

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In this issue, our featured resource focuses on transportation.

Visit the “Employment transportation and workforce development” web page to learn about accessible, reliable, and affordable transportation resources that help workers get to jobs, and services that employers can incorporate for improved and consistent staffing.

Your next ride could be just one click away!

Learn more at:

Don't wait. Get on the road today!

More locally, check out these current transportation promotions and discounts offered by Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA), an MOU partner of MassHire GNB Workforce Board.

Access Pass/Reduced Fare Card - program is a reduced-fare program for Massachusetts residents who have a disability and use the public transportation system. Learn more. >>> 

“Try Transit” for the Holiday Season - November 25th through December 31st SRTA’s bus and paratransit services are free to all thanks to a grant awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Learn more. >>>
Explore Workforce Resources on MassHire GNBWB Website!
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The MassHire Greater New Bedford Workforce Board is a business-led, policy-setting board that oversees workforce development initiatives in the ten-community region stretching from Dartmouth to Wareham, MA. Appointed by New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, the Board is composed of business, civic, education, labor, and community leaders.

The workforce board oversees workforce development efforts in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Lakeville, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester, and Wareham. The board oversees the MassHire Greater New Bedford Career Center staff operated jointly by Equus Workforce Solutions® and the MassHire Division of Career Services (MDCS).

The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board is one of 16 similar Boards in Massachusetts. Workforce Investment Boards direct federal, state, and private funding for educational and occupational skills programs.

In addition to responsibilities mandated under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA), Boards have been called upon to play a major role in a variety of workforce initiatives, and to define the board’s goals based on local community needs.

The MassHire Greater New Bedford Career Center serves as a hub of activity focused on connecting job seekers and employers, to meet the employment and career advancement needs of individuals and the workforce needs of businesses. The Career Center is dedicated to providing high quality services in a professional and welcoming environment, including counseling, education, and technology to support job search, and labor market information and recruitment opportunities for businesses.

MassHire creates and sustains powerful connections between businesses and job seekers through a statewide network of employment professionals.

MassHire envisions a better future for people and businesses of Massachusetts through meaningful work and sustainable growth.

MassHire promises to champion prosperity, connecting employers with talent and job seekers with tools, services, and connections to achieve meaningful and sustained employment.
    MassHire believes in the power of partnership and streamlined integration of services to achieve effective and timely results for those we serve.
    MassHire is committed to understanding and valuing the diverse, unique requirements and professional goals of the businesses and people we serve.
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