As of July, 138 students and wood products company workers have earned certification for their proficiency on various woodworking machines in connection with the Center’s Skilled Workforce Initiative. As the students and employees get certified on different woodworking operations, he or she earns stamps in a Woodwork Passport. The passport serves as a permanent and portable record of their skills that they can continue building throughout their career.

The Northern Forest Center’s Skilled Workforce Initiative for Wood Manufacturing is bringing the skills program to businesses and educational programs across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The Center is partnering with the Woodwork Career Alliance, a national non-profit, in implementing the program.

You can learn more about how the Center is assisting the industry in building a skilled workforce and creating career paths for wood products manufacturing employees here.