November and the first week of December were very busy for the apprentices in the Varis Program. Students had a number of site visits:
Following the presentation by NJIT, we will conduct job search on the new CareersConnectionNJ website of the NJ Department of Labor for both glass and related manufacturing employment. According to Ray Vaccari, the head of the manufacturing talent network, there are many openings and companies struggle to fill them. Finally, a number of positions have been listed on the ASGS employment board that we will explore.
From the earliest days of the program, we have emphasized the need to be willing to move for work in scientific glass. At least one of our students will consider moving. All of the students are aware that the vast majority of jobs are obtained through networking and word of mouth. They will seek information interviews to jumpstart this process post-graduation. Students created LinkedIn pages as a part of the program.
We continue to work on freelance production opportunities and the students have learned to make the vial pendants that may be commissioned by Aspiring Artists of the Earth and spreader tools used in the biology and life sciences departments of local university labs.
Funding for this session of the Varis Scientific Glass Apprenticeship Training Program was provided by the Agnes Varis Charitable Trust, and by the M & T Bank Foundation. We are grateful for the support of these two organizations.
Graduation is scheduled for December 15th at 4pm at GlassRoots. Graduates will invite friends and family to this festive event. They will receive their certificates of completion from GlassRoots, and the American Scientific Glassblowers Society via Mike Souza.
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