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Maine job training programs.

If you need job search assistance or other support, the Maine CareerCenter network is one of the leading places to turn to for help and advice. Several resources are administered from the facilities. Some of them include federal government programs such as Workforce Investment Act/WIA and others are more local in nature. Staff on site will work with clients to provide them with free or very low cost advice and support.

Rapid Response is for the recently unemployed, and in particular those workers that lost their jobs or are facing future unemployment due to a plan closure or downsizing. When a company that is based in Maine lays off an employee, the government funded Rapid Response program has resources that can address the needs of both the affected workers and the larger community at whole.

The agency that oversees this program is the Maine Department of Labor. Staff from the agency can advise and assist employees and employers with information about their responsibilities, rights, and obligations during a downsizing. It can safeguard the economic stability of workers who were impacted and the surrounding town or community. Other partner organizations include the Unemployment Compensation, MDOL Bureaus of Labor Standards, and Employment Services. These groups in Maine all work together to provide the information and support that is necessary for employers to act promptly.

The services offered by CareerCenters are extensive. A summary of them are below, however much more may be provided. Call a location near you for additional details, hours of operation or referrals and the specifics.

Workshops and classes are offered in individual and/or group settings. Some CareerCenters in Maine may require potential clients to attend an orientation session. During the course of this the individual will be able to learn about what kinds of services they are eligible for and that also fit their individual needs. Communication throughout this process is important, so be sure to ask the staff person at your local center how to get started and ask plenty of questions. Anyone from the community is free to browse through the information center, attend a workshop, use a computer or fax for job search purposes. Basically you can find much of the information you need online for an effective job search.




Many people receive individualized attention from a counselor. The components of this can include the following. It is usually offered in Maine at no cost, but some specialty services may have a minimal fee.

Skills Evaluation and Career Planning enable people to attend classes such as a career planning workshop. Participants are able to ask staff in order to get help for connecting with self directed on-line resources.

Free Job Search Assistance is available from well qualified CareerCenter staff. Individuals can assist you with conducting your job search or help people connect with special programs or resources. What is available in Maine includes interview and resume tips, on the job training information, computer skills, and other classes.

The centers can support and advice clients through the application processes for government and public assistance. File for Unemployment Insurance and feel free to use CareerCenter computers to file your claim online. In addition, while someone looks for a job they may be able to benefit from resources such as food stamps, child-care assistance, temporary cash assistance (TANF), or Medicaid.

Veterans and the disabled also receive priority as per federal government guidelines. All CareerCenters, no matter in what town or county, are equipped to serve those residents with disabilities. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. In addition, Veterans in Maine will receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. This even includes notifications of any job openings.

Some of the additional job search tools available are access to Maine’s Job Bank. Clients can post a resume, search for jobs online, and get matched with local employers and companies that may be hiring. Using this online system, employers can post job opportunities at no charge, manage job listings 24/7, and also review profiles of interested applicants.

Resources are located on site. Various equipment is made available, including computer labs, copiers and phones, internet access, fax machines, and more. All of this is available for job search purposes. Or use the meeting space for an interview or video conferencing and audio/visual equipment.

Learn about high demand careers, both nationwide and in the New England area. Free Labor Market Information is posted as part of the Maine Department of Labor's Center for Workforce Research process.

For those that are currently unemployed, several Re-Employment Services are held in workshops and other classes. The CareerCenters offer information and guidance on a variety of topics including networking, job search techniques, resume writing, cover letter creations, and other assistance for those focused on finding a new challenge. Many Job Fairs are also held across the state throughout the year.

The federal Trade Adjustment Assistance is operated in Maine. Workers who have their hours or wages reduced or that lost their jobs because of foreign trade or competition may qualify for additional assistance. They may be qualified for trade benefits and additional compensation from TAA. This includes additional training and even financial assistance for needs such as relocation, housing, and transportation costs.




The Maine Apprenticeship Program can provide much needed experience and has been responsible for training tens of thousands of qualified individuals for lifelong careers. The Maine Apprenticeship Program, or MAP, provides qualified candidates with highly structured, free on-the-job learning in traditional industries such as manufacturing and construction.

However, as everyone knows, times are changing. So MAP also can provide internships for many new emerging industries such as telecommunications, health care, information technology, energy, computer science, and engineering. Registered Apprenticeship and counselors will also connect job seekers looking to learn new skills with employers looking for qualified, trained workers. The end result is a workforce in Maine with industry-driven training and it will provide local employers with a competitive edge.

Local employers benefit as well from the apprenticeship program. It will assist people in setting up structured yet flexible on the job training programs that were designed to meet the specific needs of that particular Maine employer. A component of this is even classroom instruction. MAP is often sponsored by labor/management groups, employers, associations, and government grants.

If you are a company that operates in Maine, know that MAP may reimburse up to 50% of an Apprentice's tuition and other training costs. In addition, the apprentice will be able to work full-time for their sponsor, applying newly acquired skills and related coursework to accomplish occupational tasks in a hands-on environment.

Another similar resource is LiLA, or the Maine Lifelong Learning Accounts. These will help employees and employers work together to finance lifelong learning and also skill development. The LILAs program was  designed to make education, skills enhancement and job training opportunities more accessible to working adults.

Workforce Investment Act can coordinate training, vocational rehabilitation programs, adult education, employment services for seniors and the disabled and more. It created an integrated one-stop system of workforce investment and education services across Maine. Many of the beneficiaries are adults, dislocated workers, and youth. Representatives of non-profit organizations, local businesses, labor, and government agencies all contribute to WIA. As part of WIA, the CareerCenters provide a full range of services to the unemployed and others.

First, receive a free preliminary assessment of aptitudes, skill levels, your current abilities, and general support service needs. Much of this is done through workshops which offer a variety of topics including resume writing, networking, and effective job search techniques.

Job search and placement assistance support, as well as ongoing career counseling are all available too. This includes free information on a full array of employment-related services, including details about local education and training service providers in Maine. Get up-to-date labor market information which identifies skills necessary for in-demand jobs, vacancies, and also provides people information about local, regional and national employment trends. Or work with a WIA specialist for help in filing claims for unemployment insurance or explore alternatives such as student financial aid.

Maine CareerCenters addresses and phone numbers

Calais CareerCenter
Main address is One College Drive
Calais, Maine 04619-0415
Call 454-7551 or toll free 1-800-543-0303





Machias CareerCenter
53 Prescott Drive, Suite 1
Machias, ME 04654-9752
Phone - 1-800-292-8929

Presque Isle CareerCenter
66 Spruce Street, Suite 1
Presque Isle, Maine 04769-3222
Main phone: 1-800-635-0357 or 760-6300.

Tri-County (Bangor)
45 Oak Street, Suite 3
Bangor, ME 04401-6667
Clients can call either 561-4050 or 1-888-828-0568 for intake

Augusta CareerCenter
Main address: 21 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2, 109 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Lewiston CareerCenter
5 Mollison Way
Lewiston, Maine 04240-5805
753-9000 or 1-800-741-2991

Skowhegan CareerCenter
98 North Avenue
Skowhegan, ME 04976-1923
Dial the center at 474-4950 or 1-800-760-1572

Wilton Job Center
865 US Route 2E
Wilton, Maine 04294-6649
Phone number is 645-5800 or 1-800-982-4311

Southern Midcoast (Brunswick) CareerCenter
275 Bath Road
Brunswick, Maine 04011
Phone: 373-4000 or 1-888-836-3355

Portland CareerCenter
185 Lancaster Street
Portland, ME 04101-2453
771-5627 or 1-877-594-5627
Call for help in conducting a job search. The center can also help clients enroll into state and federal government training programs.

91 Camden Street, Suite 201
Rockland, ME 04841-2421
Call 596-2600 or 1-877-421-7916.
Career counselors can help the unemployed, disabled, seniors and others find and retain a new or better job.

Springvale CareerCenter
Address - 9 Bodwell Court
Springvale, Maine 04083-1801
324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151


By Jon McNamara











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