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    1. Manufacturers seek job applicants

      To address the problem, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) trained 25 Springfield veterans in March 2011, some who were formerly homeless or suffering from addiction, but who were apt and capable of doing technical work. After a two-week basic skills course, they were placed in jobs at Smith and Wesson, where they’ve all been working since. MEP said many more jobs like these exist, but people don’t know about them or have a misguided view on machine shop jobs.
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    2. Leaders look for employment solutions

      Leaders look for employment solutions
      “It's very difficult to stay in that mode and be hopeful. It's very difficult to believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. So what we have to do first and foremost is give them hope, but not false hope," Bill Ward, the President of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County said.
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