The Shipbuilding / Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) was established by New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) to train workers hired by regional manufacturers. Students participate in an intensive, customized 300-hour machinist training program.
“It’s especially fitting to recognize the key role that New England Institute of Technology plays in training unemployed Rhode Islanders for challenging and rewarding careers in advanced manufacturing,” said Governor Gina Raimondo in October of 2016. “I’m excited to celebrate the hiring of the 150th graduate of New England Tech’s Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute. Because of the substantial investments we’ve made in skills training, our partnership with New England Tech and the support of nearly 100 employers that have hired SAMI graduates, Rhode Island is positioned to lead a new industrial revolution in advanced industries.”
SAMI was developed through grants provided by the United States Department of Labor, the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, the Rhode Island Foundation and Champlin Foundations. SAMI’s goal is to train skilled entry-level individuals who are reliable and productive workers and connect them with local employers.
“The Department of Labor and Training and the Governor’s Workforce Board are proud to partner with New England Tech to train Rhode Island workers to use the cutting-edge equipment found on today’s high-tech manufacturing floors and learn valuable skills that many local manufacturing companies want,” said DLT Director Scott Jensen. “DLT is committed to implementing the Governor’s skills agenda, delivering innovative job training to ensure that manufacturing remains a vibrant part of the Rhode Island economy for generations.”
Other agencies that have contributed to the success of the SAMI program include the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, netWORKRI American Job Centers, The Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island and Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston.