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The Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (“BECWIB”) has announced upcoming training for Spanish-speaking individuals interested in a career in advanced manufacturing.  The Certified Production Technician (“CPT”) Spanish program focuses on four major areas of instruction (Safety, Manufacturing Processes and Production, Quality Practices and Measurement, and Maintenance Awareness) and provides students with an understanding of the skills needed to obtain employment as an entry-level CPT. Students completing the training will earn the National Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Credential, National Work readiness credential and OSHA 10 for General Industry.


“Strong partnerships make this innovative training possible by helping our Spanish speaking workers find jobs they might not otherwise be aware of, or have the necessary training for,” said BECWIB Executive Director Heather Gresham. “This paid training program provides a ground breaking opportunity for the Spanish speaking community to gain in-demand occupational skills, while being exposed to the real-life work environments of our business partners. In addition, this training experience is FREE to qualified candidates and we encourage all interested Spanish-speaking applicants to apply.”


Information sessions for individuals interested in the CPT Spanish Program will be held at The Belle Center, 104 Maryland Street, Buffalo NY 14201 on:


  • ·         Tuesday September 25, 9 AM – 12 PM
  • ·         Friday September 28, 9AM – 12PM
  • ·         Tuesday October 2, 9AM – 12PM
  • ·         Friday October 5, 9AM – 12PM
  • ·         Tuesday October 9, 9AM – 12PM 


For more information, contact The Belle Center at (716) 845-0485; for Spanish assistance contact Brandon Clarke at (716) 382-3209 or at Brandon.clarke@labor.ny.gov ; for English assistance contact Megan Farry at (716) 819-9845 x 143 or at mfarry@wdcinc.org .


The training program begins on October 15, 2018 and continues through December 19 at Erie 1 BOCES, 1526 Walden Avenue, Buffalo. Joining the Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Investment Board, Inc. and The Belle Center as partners in the training are the Erie 1 BOCES Workforce Development Center, the NYS Department of Labor, and the Workforce Development Institute.