Career Development and Training in Rhode Island

Career Development and Training in Rhode Island


As part of the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA), netWORKri is the central hub for Rhode Island's job seekers, employers, training, and educational organizations to connect with the objective of getting people back to work and stimulating Rhode Island's faltering economy. Resources such as an online jobs database, self-service training and assessment tools, in-person career counseling at statewide One Stop Career Centers, and social services assistance are available at no cost. To learn about netWORKri, visit

Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston

Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston (WSPC) provides qualified individuals with on-the-job training opportunities funded by WIA grants. Free job training in basic skills to eligible adults as well as summer youth job programs are also available. Contact WSPC at for more information.

General Dynamics Electric Boat

Based in Connecticut, General Dynamics has made a commitment to further its investment in its submarine facility, General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) in Quonset Point, RI, with several development and recruiting initiatives. Apprenticeships, technical training, and leadership education programs are available at GDEB to close the gap with regards to the huge, unqualified supply of workers in Rhode Island with the strong demand for competent talent.

The apprentice program is a five-year process which requires long term investment from individuals and GDEB. Paid, on-the-job training combined with classroom instruction prepares employees for highly-skilled shipyard or engineering careers.

The GDEB Technical Education Program reimburses qualified employees who wish to pursue additional education in engineering, science or technology. Degrees and certifications from accredited such as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Columbia University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute are viewed as valuable investments in GDEB's future.

GDEB offers several development programs based on a GD employee's personal and professional objectives. The Professional Development Program gives the newest employees who are interested in moving up the GD ladder a broad overview of the basics needed to succeed in any GD position which requires taking on greater responsibility.

The Future Leader Program takes low to mid-level managers who are excellent leaders in any division and fosters and strengthens skills in hopes of promoting the manager's career toward upper-level human resource management. The Business Leader Development Program seeks to cultivate the company's executive management team of the future. Working with mentors, selected prospects prepare with a combination of varied work assignments and classroom instruction.

General Dynamics stages numerous recruiting events each month. Most are in Rhode Island and can be found anywhere from Roger Williams University in Providence to the Tall Ships Festival in Newport. Events are also scheduled in surrounding states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut. For an event list, visit

Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Service

Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Service (RIMES) is a not for profit organization designed to provide Rhode Island's manufacturers with training, services, knowledge, and expertise on how to function efficiently in order to sustain operations in a rough economy while building a strong foundation to grow. Funded in part through the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, support from organizations such as Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and Rhode Island Manufacturers Association is essential in solving today's problems within the manufacturing sector with viable solutions to stop further regression, solidify operations, and create strategies for growth. To contact RIMES, visit