ELLSWORTH — Mainers who have been laid off from work in Hancock, Piscataquis and Penobscot counties are eligible for a program that will pay a portion of their salary as they are trained in a new industry.
According to a press release, On the Job Training is a program offered by Eastern Maine Development Corp. (EMDC) that seeks to install Mainers in jobs in five industries: information technology, hospitality, manufacturing, health care and construction/boat building.
This is EMDC’s final push to gather participants in the program before it ends on June 30 of this year.
Kristin Harmon, communications coordinator with EMDC, said January is a time of year when a lot of retail workers are laid off following the holidays. Therefore, she said, her program is trying to let people know that funding is available for training programs.
The five industries were selected, Harmon said, because they all are experiencing growth in Maine.
“The demand for the jobs — I think health care is a really obvious one.” Harmon said, referring to why those industries had been chosen. “They’re always looking for [certified nurse anesthetists] to help fill positions.”
The On the Job Training program was started two years ago. Its funding comes from the United States Department of Labor. Harmon said the funding is meant to support high-wage, high-growth jobs. The five industries were chosen by the Northeastern Workforce Development Board and the Maine Department of Labor.