April 26, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:10 pm

CT initiative seeks mfg., trade jobs for vets

Organizers of the Connecticut Manufacturing Job Match will introduce Friday at East Hartford's Rentschler Field a new program to fill available manufacturing and trade jobs with military veterans.

The initiative kicks off at 10 a.m. during the Heroes for Hire Job Fair at Rentschler.

The state Department of Labor, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and Congressman John Larson (D-CT) launched the manufacturing job match in late 2011 to help qualified workers find employment at manufacturing companies.

Many have waited for months or years to find individuals fit to fill those openings.

The first round of the match was considered a success as initially 13 individuals found employment at nine companies. Larson hopes to make the state program the model for a similar national program and hosted Jane Oates, the assistant U.S. Secretary of Labor, during one of the initiative's events in March.

The program spin-off to be launched on Friday is catered specifically to unemployed military veterans, identifying their skills with local businesses who are hiring.

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