The Day – Kindness in Real Life: Event sparks interest in manufacturing careers

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The Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance presented a welding workshop on April 30 that provided local Boy Scouts with practical welding skills that can lead to manufacturing careers.

The workshop was held at member company Collins & Jewell in Bozrah for Boy Scouts aged 14-18. The participants were from Troop 16 (Ledyard), Troop 60 (Oakdale) and Troop 80 (Taftville). They learned about welding safety, equipment, processes, and training and career opportunities available in this high-demand field.

The Welding Merit Badge is one of the more difficult to earn and the Scouts were excited to learn the basic techniques of the craft.

The instructors were employees of Collins & Jewell and also train adult welders at Grasso Tech High’s Manufacturing Apprenticeship Center in Groton.

Airgas & Lincoln Electric generously donated safety supplies such as welding helmets, gloves and coats for the Scouts to use during the activities, and support was also provided by the American Welding Society.

In addition to donating space to the event, Collins & Jewell hosted a tour of their facility for attendees’ families.

Chris Jewell, President of Collins & Jewell and of the EAMA Board, was delighted to host this first event in the region and indicated that an additional workshop will be offered in early 2023.

EAMA Executive Director John Murphy briefed Scouts and their parents/guardians on regional training programs in welding and advanced fabrication skills for high school and senior high school students. EAMA works with its education and training partners to promote and improve manufacturing careers and the regional manufacturing workforce.

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