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New Hampshire job training programs.

Residents that are seeking a job can get help in New Hampshire. Several government and non-profit programs can assist the unemployed or those seeking a new career. Get information on services including job training, career counseling, assessment and other support. Many of the resources are administered by Career Centers in the state as well as a service known as NH Works.

The federal and state government sponsored programs can help job seekers further their career and increase their income. This is accomplished by providing them with new skills, employment counseling, on the job training, and similar services. Staff from Career Centers and other state of New Hampshire agencies work closely with non-profit organizations, local employers, companies, and other groups to implement programs for those seeking assistance.

Veterans can have their employment needs met by NH Works. Several personalized services will be provided to former military personnel and even their spouses. They will also receive priority when it comes to applying for job openings and signing up for any training programs. Your representative, who will also work closely businesses, veterans organizations, colleges, and educational institutes, will offer a number of services to the client.

The unemployed and other job seekers can turn to the NH Works System. They offer support to those that are out of work and are searching for a new job, career changers, or to residents that are just looking for ways to improve their skills in the current job they have. Using resources provided by the state, including NH Works and Career Centers, individuals have a great place available to them to start their search.

Among many other services as indicated below, the centers provide job training and support services. This includes free use computers, offer the ability to research jobs, allow clients to access phones and faxes free of charge, have on site resources centers, and provide ongoing advice and support from well trained staff. The professionals that work at a center are committed to helping people find the best career solution and will work one on one with those that qualify.

Programs provides assessment, credentialing, and instruction in key skill areas. They also work closely with employers to ensure the training is focused on those skills that are needed for workplace success.  WorkReadyNH was also created with input from the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, Community College System of New Hampshire, the Office of Governor, and also the NH Department of Employment Security. Specific workshops and classes include:




  • KeyTrain, which offers National Career Readiness Certificates in math, research skills, and other needed tasks.
  • At a career center, access basic workplace skills in Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locate Information on available opportunities.
  • Teachers and staff provide classroom instruction in “soft-skill” practices identified by employers as key to workplace success.
  • Those who are successful can receive a community college certificate and a nationally recognized credential that signals to employers that the participant has mastered key work-related skills. This will provide employers in New Hampshire with increased confidence that someone is ready to become a valuable employee.

Many of these workshops are offered at local colleges, including Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth and Rochester, Manchester Community College, White Mountains Community College (for Littleton, Berlin, Colebrook, ad Conway) and other sites such as Nashua Community college.

Residents over the age of 55 can explore Older Worker Services, including the federal government program known as Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The state can provide part time employment opportunities for low income residents that are unemployed and meet other qualifications. Many of the positions will be for openings at non-profits or government related agencies (such as a library or charity). The position will allow the older worker to both gain experience, an income and maybe learn a new skill as well. The bottom line is that NH Works is a resource for job seekers and employees of all ages. To learn more about this particular program, dial 800-852-3400.

Disability assistance and services can assist with matching people to the correct job. Resources are available for those with some form of disability. Both employers and potential employees can benefit. New Hampshire will assist those that are qualified in finding on-the-job training, good employee-job matches and a free analysis of your skills. Employers will benefit by receiving assistance on accommodating people with disabilities in the workplace.

Career Centers are part of the overall NH Works program. The state is fully committed to assisting every citizen, including the unemployed, in their search for a job that fulfills their interests and their goals. Dozens of services and resources are available at these locations.

First of all, individuals can receive free access to open job listings from a multitude of employers. Many of the centers throughout the state also offer education, career counseling and training resources for free or at minimal cost to clients. People can also gain support and/or access to education services and information from on site resource centers.





These on site centers will contain items such as reference books, employer profiles, videos, newspaper help wanted ads, in demand career projections and labor market information. All of this is available in each of the NH Works Job and Information Centers.

Workshops and seminars can also be held. This can include workshops and classes for technical assistance on preparing cover letters and resumes, free job search workshops, employment counseling, career exploration tools, aptitude and skills testing, and even assistance for applying for government benefits such as unemployment compensation.

Testing will take place to better understand and provide people with a career assessment. This can identify your current abilities, experience, skills, and interests. The results of the testing will offer insight into the types of jobs, education and training programs in New Hampshire that best suit you and your needs.

A list of many of the sites are below. In general, the New Hampshire Works Career Centers are located at community colleges, Vocational Rehabilitation and Community Action offices, New Hampshire Employment Security offices, libraries, and non-profit throughout the state.

Special programs are in place for seniors (as indicated above), the disabled, and even youth and teenagers. All job seekers that fall into these categories will receive attention as well.

For example, residents under the age of 21 can receive assistance in exploring career opportunities across New Hampshire, including help with finding a summer job, access to education, and information on scholarship programs.

The disabled can access vocation training and may be placed with someone one site to both train and monitor them. Also get free advice from these centers in navigating the complex government benefit system for the disabled.

Locations of New Hampshire WORKS career centers:

151 Pleasant Street
Berlin, NH 06570-0159
Main telephone: 603-752-6615

Address: 10 Washington Street
Claremont, New Hampshire 03743-2261
Phone - 603-542-3394

10 West Street
Concord, NH 03301-1140
Primary phone number is 603-229-4326

Location of career center is 518 White Mountain Highway
Conway, NH 03818-4205
Telephone: 603-447-2214




The center is at 109 Key Road
Keene, NH 03431-3926
Telephone - 603-357-5037

426 Union Avenue, Suite 3
Laconia, NH 03246-2894
Telephone: 603-524-7845

646 Union Street, Suite 100
Littleton, NH 03561-5314
Dial 603-444-1065 for intake.
Fax number: 603-444-6245

300 Hanover Street
Manchester, New Hampshire 03104-4957
Call 603-656-6557

6 Townsend West
Nashua, NH 03063-1215
Telephone number is 603-594-8547
Call for hours. Get information and free job search assistance for positions in southern New Hampshire.

2000 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801-5673
Call 603-431-0384 for information on training and employment services.

Address is 29 South Broadway
Salem, NH 03079-3026
Dial 603-894-5107

243 Route 108
Somersworth, New Hampshire 03878
Telephone: 603-742-4290

By Jon McNamara


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