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Updated: June 26, 2023 From the Editor

Education is at the heart of workforce development

There are very few jobs available right now that don’t require some level of education or training.

We hear it all the time at Mainebiz, but employers of all kinds are struggling to find workers.

At the front end, employers are offering higher wages or salaries, signing bonuses and incentives like flex time or hybrid work.

But to be ready to move into those positions, potential employees need education and/or training.

That’s where this issue comes in.

Senior Writer Laurie Schreiber writes about several programs that train people to go right into jobs. For instance, Dead River Co. teams up Eastern Maine Community College on a two-month course that trains students on what they’ll face working for the heating-services company. “The advantage for the students is that, within two months, they can be out with a full-time job and some good career opportunities,” a Dead River manager tells Laurie. See “Partnerships aim high and mean business,” which starts on Page 18.

Our cover story, by Senior Writer Renee Cordes, covers a key role both in professional services offices, like law and accounting firms, and in the hospitality industry — that of summer interns. Renee talks to both managers and interns at architecture, law and accounting firms, as well as Bath Iron Works and resorts like the Nonantum in Kennebunkport. In many cases, interns are hired to full-time positions before the summer is out. “I definitely thought of the internship as a great avenue to transition to a job,” one intern tells Renee. “But I didn’t have any expectations of it happening so fast.” For more, see “Building the ‘candidate pipeline,’” which starts on Page 12.

We’ve added a new list to our lineup. See Maine’s EMT and paramedic training centers, which is on Page 26..

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