The Phoenix Partnership Manufacturing Center of Excellence

A Real Jobs RI Fully Funded Employee Training Program

The Manufacturing Center of Excellence (MCE) will provide a resource for companies and workers for innovative training solutions that support industry growth and best practices. The MCE will ensure that recent hires and incumbent employees are equipped to meet the needs of RI’s manufacturers, in order to fill more jobs, sustain employment, and increase career advancement.

Employers who send employees to participate in the training will receive partial wage reimbursement for employee training hours as well as reimbursements for employee’s travel and child care need (outside of normal working hours) where applicable. All employers must commit to submitting reasonable evaluations and metrics to be eligible to participate.


Curriculum Info:

The Manufacturing Center of Excellence is an employer driven training program in Lean Manufacturing and critical skills necessary for manufacturing employees.

Manufacturing Essential Series

The Level 100 Manufacturing Essential Series is comprised of 4-5.5 hour classes held once per week for 9 weeks. The series features both classroom and practical application with classes held at either the Warwick or East Greenwich campus of NEIT.

  • Classes:
    • Introduction to Lean
    • Safety Practices and Procedures
    • 5 S
    • Quality, Reducing Errors/Defects
    • Standard Operating Procedures and Productivity
  • Level 100 Cohort 4 is set to start on July 18th.
    • July 18th – Lean 101 – 4 hours
    • July 25th – Lean 101 II – 4 hours
    • August 1st – 5S I – 4 hours
    • August 8th – 5S II – 4 hours
    • August 15th Standard Operating Procedures – 4 hours
    • August 22nd – Quality I – 4 hours
    • August 29th – Quality II – 4 hours
    • September 5th – OSHA I – 5.5 hours
    • September 12th OSHA II – 5.5 hours

Please complete the form below if you would like to be added to the registration list for the next cohort. The program manager will respond within 24 hours.

Program Highlights:

  • The courses will be provided at NO COST to employers
  • Employers will be partially reimbursed for wages paid to employees for training hours
  • Participants cab be reimbursed for childcare costs and mileage for classes
  • Participants will receive college credits for completed courses at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) and OSHA 10 Certification
  • Peer to peer networking opportunities
  • Employees need to attend 80% of classes to receive credits (possible make-up opportunities)
  • Participants do not need to be RI residents, but must be employed in RI.

Employer Commitment:

  • Commitment to making employees available to attend all courses
  • Supervisor will allow for reasonable on the job support, training and evaluation
  • Employer will complete evaluations for participating employees and provide necessary metrics

The MCE will be a conduit between educational needs and corporate needs to promote industry success. It will showcase Rhode Island as a great place to manufacture, attract new business from out of state, and will serve as a resource for those seeking employment, new hires and incumbent workers, and both in and out of state businesses and organizations.

Current Employer and Training Partners: H.Brickle & Son, Inc., Polaris MEP, Aspen Aerogel, Becker Manufacturing Company (dba Garland Writing Instruments), Boukaert Industrial Textiles, VIBCO Vibrators ETCO, Inc. Teknicote, Inc., Town Dock, and Edesia. The MCE offers a curriculum developed and taught by New England Institute of Technology as well as a new Manager Level Lean training provided by Polaris MEP. The MCE provides three tiers of manufacturing training designed to help prepare newly hired and incumbent manufacturing workers to meet the demands of their workplace, and to prepare them for advancement within their companies, leading to decreased turnover and increased productivity.