Governor Praises Maine Chamber of Commerce Workforce Initiative
AUGUSTA th Governor John E. Baldacci today joined representatives from Maine businesses and higher education institutions for the unveiling of a new workforce development tool sponsored by the Maine Chamber of Commerce.
(Media-Newswire.com) - AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci today joined representatives from Maine businesses and higher education institutions for the unveiling of a new workforce development tool sponsored by the Maine Chamber of Commerce. The program, InternHelpME.com, uses a Web-based system to match students in Maine higher education institutions with Maine employers for internship experiences.
“InternHelpME.com will help students gain valuable experience while they are in school, will help businesses recruit talented workers and will build on the current career development programs that Maine colleges and universities offer,” said Governor Baldacci. “I applaud our business community for making this commitment to increasing skills among our students and providing a critical link with Maine higher education.”
Enhancing connections between Maine businesses and the future workforce was a theme raised by businesspeople who participated in the Governor’s Job Summit hosted by the Governor, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and the Maine Chamber of Commerce in February.
“Our workforce needs to be closely aligned with the needs of our business community and our changing economy,” said the Governor. “InternHelpMe.com will help ensure that we have a workforce educated for today's skilled jobs. The effort will give students a valuable opportunity to put their growing knowledge to practice. This is an exciting initiative that will benefit all of Maine and one I’m happy to endorse.”
Governor Baldacci said that the Chamber of Commerce’s work also has the goal to encourage more students in Maine to remain here after they graduate.
“Maine has a well-deserved reputation for having among the best workers and we need to make sure we encourage partnerships that will continue to build our talent right here in Maine,” said the Governor. “A highly skilled workforce will in turn encourage more businesses to locate or expand in the State. This program can make a difference for Maine and help keep our talent right here, growing businesses and our economy.”
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