The Machine Operators Skills Training Program (M.O.S.T.) is a pilot training program designed to prepare displaced, unemployed workers for careers as machine operators in advanced machine shops. Candidates selected for this free program participate in an intensive, two-week training process. Starting wages for CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machine operators can range from $10 to $15 per hour.The Vermont Department of Labor (VT DOL) is now accepting applications for the M.O.S.T. program that begins in Bennington on May 8, 2006. Applicants are not required to have previous manufacturing or machining experience. Candidates who successfully complete the training will be eligible to fill current job openings in the Bennington area.The 10-day, accelerated curriculum includes Basic Math Skills, Basic Blueprint Reading, Mechanical Measurement and Quality Control, CNC Milling Technology, and hands-on CNC Programming and Machine Operation. All training is done in a mobile training center specially equipped with computers and desktop machining equipment. After completing the M.O.S.T. classroom training, successful participants selected for employment will receive 60 days of paid, on-the-job training.The M.O.S.T. program is being managed by the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) and the five other New England affiliates of the nationwide Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). M.O.S.T. is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The program was launched in Maine on February 8, 2006 and is now spreading to the other New England states.For more information or to apply for the M.O.S.T. program, contact Wendy Morse (802-442-6376) at the VT Department of Labor in Bennington.About VMECVMEC is a not-for-profit Center headquartered in Randolph Center whose mission is “To improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s manufacturers.” This is done through professional consulting, one-on-one coaching, and public and onsite workshops to help Vermont’s approximately 2,000 small and medium sized manufacturers increase their productivity, modernize their manufacturing and business processes, adopt advanced technologies, reduce costs, and improve their competitiveness. Visit www.vmec.org(link is external) for more information.
In mid-March, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy submitted a letter to the Appropriations Committees in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives asking them to take special consideration of the Trailside communities that rely on outdoor recreation dollars in upcoming stimulus packages. The closure of the AT is likely to have deep economic impacts on these rural Trailside communities. “We are excited to support these communities and these projects because we want to make sure that every Georgian has a chance to get outdoors,” said Mark Williams, Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources. “We’ve seen public access dramatically increase through the many great trails built in partnership with RTP, and we are looking forward to even more.” The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has selected the recipients of the Georgia Recreational Trails Program grants for construction and rehabilitation of trails. Selected applicants are now asked to submit final applications for their proposals, which will result in nearly $2.5 million of funding to support outdoor access in Georgia, according to a press release. Georgia DNR announces 12 grants through the Recreational Trails Program Tour de France postponed due to COVID-19 The world’s most famous cycling event has decided to postpone amidst the global pandemic. The three-week race is still scheduled to take place in 2020 but has received a new start date of August 29. The race will run until September 20. The route of the Tour de France will remain the same. Appalachian Trail Conservancy urges Congress to consider Trailside communities in stimulus packages “Many of these communities are in the early stages of building small businesses focused on serving the outdoor recreation community,” the ATC wrote in the letter. “Many Trail-related businesses will not survive the impact of travel restrictions and attempts to limit the spread of COVID-19. Economic stimulus legislation under development now in Congress needs to generate the necessary income and workforce development for rural communities to recover quickly.” “We would like to thank all of cycling’s stakeholders, the Tour de France’s partners, its broadcasters as well as all of the local authorities for their reactivity and support,” the organization said in a statement. “We all hope that the 2020 Tour de France will help to turn the page on the difficult period that we are currently experiencing.”
Germany moves forward by presenting unloved framework to EU courts May 20, 2020 EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles EGBA backs EU regulators demand for highest industry standards March 31, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Industry trade body, the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has published its guidance for mandatory General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) policies which are set to be implemented on 25 May 2018.The RGA seeks to help industry stakeholders, navigate the complexities of EU-wide GDPR policies, which will implement a single regulatory framework on individual consumer digital data protections, the privacy of individuals and corporate data gathering consent.Enforced this Month by the EU across its member states, GDPR will pose an operational challenge for all European digital enterprises, who will be forced to adhere to a stricter code on user data, implementing new provisions for processing data of EU consumers.“The consistent and effective implementation of the GDPR poses a number of challenges for all industries and organisations, not least because of the lack of precedent to follow; and the fact that clear regulatory guidance on every aspect of it is not yet available.” The RGA details on its release.“The aim of this guidance is to assist the remote gambling sector through this phase. It will be reviewed and updated as and when greater clarity or better practice emerges.”