October 7, 2016

Pratt leads manufacturing ambassador program to recruit youth

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
A Pratt & Whitney employee works on one of the East Hartford company's jet engines.

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) and Pratt & Whitney on Friday launched the Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Ambassador Program.

In the program, talented, young employees play the role of manufacturing industry ambassadors to area youth, promoting work in the industry and dispelling misconceptions about it.

East Hartford-based Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., is the first manufacturer in Connecticut to support the program. Pratt & Whitney employees, typically ages 26 and under, will reach out to primary and secondary school students and deliver the message that manufacturing is a rewarding career path.

Elliot Ginsberg, president and chief executive officer at East Hartford-based CCAT, said the program launch on National Manufacturing Day with Pratt & Whitney as a partner will inspire new talent to pursue manufacturing and give employees a chance to make a difference.

Danny Di Perna, Pratt & Whitney senior vice president of operations said the program is targeting the next generation of manufacturing professionals. He encouraged other employers to join the program.

"As we significantly ramp up production output to meet our customer demands, we are hiring in the state and across our global network and will continue to depend on a highly-skilled workforce to remain competitive in the 21st century," he said.

The program is licensed and led by CCAT and funded by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development as part of The Manufacturing Institute's nationwide Dream It. Do It. campaign.

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