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Real Jobs is helping Rhode Islanders
go back to work in the Fishing Industry
Katrina Reels, Justin Sawyer, and Joan Booth — employees of The Bait Company — came out to see Governor Raimondo announce the expansion of Real Jobs RI Oct. 2 in Point Judith.

Talking Real Jobs RI in Galilee

The $150,000 grant awarded to the Commercial Fisheries Apprenticeship Program (CFAP) will help one of the Ocean State’s iconic industries train its next generation of workers with the skills needed to become viable crewmembers. CFAP will begin training 15 apprentices, men and women, in the summer of 2018. But the Real Jobs investment won’t just benefit the apprentices and fishing trawlers employing them. Indirectly, it will boost the employers and suppliers of the whole sector, which delivers more than 100 million pounds of seafood to RI ports every year and, just as important, gives the Port of Galilee its sense of identity.

One local supplier, The Bait Company, sells about a million pounds of bait a year to more than 100 lobster boats. With a sense of smell as keen as a dog’s, the lobster is an “olfactory predator.” What odors cause this crafty crustacean to climb into a trap? The scent of baitfish like skate, herring, and mackerel.

At The Bait Company, owner Andrea Incollingo and her 10 workers string nylon thread through four or five fish at a time, tie off the bundle, and throw it into a 55-gallon drum where it’s preserved with salt. It’s not easy work, and it’s not for the queasy. “In this business, you have to love a lot of things that the general population may find unappealing,” Incollingo says. “So when someone comes along and can do the work, enjoy the outdoors, and appreciate the industry around them, I take good care of them. In return they come to work every day, rain or shine, smiling!”

Incollingo opened her business in 1984. Many of her employees have been with her for decades. Joan Booth, pictured to the right, has worked for Incollingo for more than 30 years. Katrina Reels, to the left, is Joan’s niece. “Katrina's mother worked here years ago,” says Incollingo. “As some of my longtime employees have retired, new people have been hired to fill the void, thus Katrina and Justin (Sawyer), the youngsters here at TBC! I have been lucky with a very dedicated team!”


 

Raimondo watches welders at the New England Institute of Technology.

Raimondo, Electric Boat Unveil Strategic Plan for Workforce Pipeline at Quonset Point

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Electric Boat (EB) today unveiled a strategic workforce plan aimed at addressing long-term hiring opportunities at Quonset Point. EB's Rhode Island facility currently employs 3,500 workers, and the company expects to employ more than 5,500 workers by the end of the 2020s.  

"A year ago, I promised our Congressional Delegation that my administration would move decisively to fulfill Electric Boat's hiring needs," Raimondo said. "To compete in the 21st century economy, we need to invest in the skills that businesses need. This plan provides a reliable pipeline of talent to help EB meet its commitments to the U.S. Navy, and it puts thousands of Rhode Islanders to work in well-paying jobs. We're grateful for EB's partnership over the past months in arriving at this moment, and we look forward to delivering for EB in the months and years ahead." 

In May, Raimondo and state education leaders announced a pre-employment partnership through which EB is opening welding, ship-fitting, machining, and manufacturing programs at six sites this fall for a total enrollment over the next two years of about 200 students. Additionally, Raimondo's central job-training program, Real Jobs RI, awarded a grant of $369,500 to the Pipelines to Manufacturing Careers in Shipbuilding, a sector partnership led by EB.

The workforce plan unveiled today builds on the Real Jobs RI partnership and RIDE's work developing career and technical training by:

  • Adding post-employment training for submarine maritime trades at "finishing schools" such as New England Tech and, starting in January 2017, the new Westerly Higher Education and Job Skills Center
  • Increasing capacity at New England Tech by expanding the Ship Building and Advance Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) from its current Post Road location to its Access Road Campus also in Warwick
  • Establishing a partnership between CCRI's Westerly Satellite Campus and the new skills center to offer training in maritime sheet metal, pipefitting, and electrical programs

Additionally, through a pilot post-employment training model that began in May, candidates who qualify can be placed on EB's payroll before receiving technical training at New England Tech or CCRI.

"This work is vitally important to meeting our national security needs and to strengthening our economy. This workforce development model will also serve as a blueprint for how a more demand-driven workforce development system can achieve results for employers and employees. This is truly a collaborative effort, and I will continue doing my part to make strategic investments to ensure Rhode Island is a high-tech hub of undersea technologies now and in the foreseeable future," said U.S. Senator Jack Reed, the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who helped include $5 billion for the Virginia-class submarine program and $1.5 billion for the Ohio-class submarine replacement program in the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

"Thanks to great work led by Senator Reed and Congressman Langevin, Electric Boat's Quonset workforce is growing, and we want Rhode Islanders to be hired," said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. "This workforce development program will give Rhode Islanders the training to be competitive for those good-paying jobs. I commend Governor Raimondo for bringing together the private and public sectors to come up with this smart, demand-driven solution."
"More good-paying jobs are on the horizon at Electric Boat, and we must ensure that we have the appropriate training in place so that Rhode Islanders can seize these competitive opportunities," said Congressman Jim Langevin. "I co-chair the Career and Technical Education Caucus and serve as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, so I am excited to see this nexus of workforce development programming and our state's strong defense industry. It's a win for our workforce, for our overall economy, for Quonset Point and for national security."

"Electric Boat is already one of the largest employers in Rhode Island, with 3,500 employees," said Congressman David Cicilline. "It's critical that we work together at all levels of government to ensure that job-training and skill development programs are preparing Rhode Islanders for available, good-paying jobs.  Governor Raimondo's plan to ensure 2,000 students graduate with the skills necessary to meet the present and future hiring at Electric Boat will help put Rhode Islanders back to work.  This innovative plan strengthens the relationship between Rhode Island and Electric Boat and will result in well-paying jobs for thousands more Rhode Islanders in a growing industry."

"We applaud the governor and her administration for their foresight in establishing partnerships with businesses like Electric Boat, which will provide Rhode Islanders with the opportunity to develop valuable job skills in the advanced manufacturing sector," said Maura Dunn, General Dynamics Electric Boat Vice President of Human Resources and Administration.

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Raimondo, Perez Tour Skills-Training Program That Expands Apprenticeship Opportunities

May 13, 2016

Governor Raimondo spoke with city, state and federal leaders about the benefits of apprenticeship programs. 

Governor Raimondo spoke with city, state and federal leaders about the benefits of apprenticeship programs. 

UA Local 51 Business Manager Tim Byrne, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Apprentice Raymond Jatta and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse talk about skills that matter for jobs that pay. 

UA Local 51 Business Manager Tim Byrne, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Apprentice Raymond Jatta and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse talk about skills that matter for jobs that pay. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and other state leaders hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today on a tour of an apprenticeship program that provides skills training in the plumbing, pipefitting, and steam fitting trades.

The officials spoke with participants in the Rhode Island Urban Apprenticeship Program run by the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 51, in East Providence. The program is one of 26 sector partnerships in Raimondo's Real Jobs Rhode Island job-training plan, which is being funded largely through grants from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).

Apprenticeship is a core component of Raimondo's skills strategy to align the state's economic and workforce development policies with the needs of employers. The average starting salary for an apprenticeship graduate is more than $50,000 a year, and for every $1 invested by the public in apprenticeship, there's about $27 in economic activity in return, according to the USDOL.

"I'm delighted that Secretary Perez came to Rhode Island to see firsthand how by investing in skills and partnering with employers, we're helping workers build the skills that matter to get jobs that pay," Raimondo said. "Local 51's apprenticeship program is a customized approach to addressing the skills shortages that employers are experiencing now, and its participants and partners are helping to revitalize the Rhode Island economy."

"In order to create shared prosperity for all Americans we must help more people access the skills and training they need to compete for the jobs of today and tomorrow," U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said. "Apprenticeships are a tried and true training strategy that offers a path to the middle class and expands opportunities for working people. Programs like Real Jobs Rhode Island play an important role in achieving these goals and that is why we must build and sustain these investments to help more ready-to-work Americans find the ready-to-be-filled jobs."

"Secretary Perez has led the charge in modernizing our workforce development system so that it is more responsive to employers and so that it provides employees with real pathways for advancement. We have also worked to reform our federal workforce development policies to support a system that is more nimble, demand-driven, and leverages resources. Governor Raimondo and her team have taken this concept of demand-driven workforce development and run with it. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting for the federal resources to support apprenticeships, adult education, student aid, work-sharing, and job training because when we invest in developing the talents and skills of our people, good things happen," said Senator Reed, who helped secure $5.25 million for Rhode Island last June through the U.S. Department of Labor's Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant program to help launch and support Real Jobs Rhode Island.

"Smart investments in apprenticeship programs provide a gateway to good-paying jobs," Senator Whitehouse said. "I was pleased to have Secretary Perez here today to see federal investments in Rhode Island providing people with the skills they need to get a foothold in the workforce."

Rhode Island State Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio said, "I am grateful to Secretary Perez for his visit to Rhode Island today and for his emphasis on effective workforce policies that equip Rhode Islanders with the skills they need to succeed in a modern job market. Apprenticeships - both traditional ones in the construction trades as well as apprenticeships in non-traditional fields such as IT and advanced manufacturing - are one way in which the Senate has worked to provide effective workforce development tools for Rhode Islanders. Secretary Perez has been an invaluable partner for our state as we focus on workforce development as a central component of our economic development strategies."

"Apprenticeships and career and technical training are critical tools used to close the skills gap and create a talented workforce of the future," Mayor Jorge Elorza said. "Real Jobs Rhode Island and other programs focused on this type of training ensure our residents have access to the education they need to acquire advance their careers."

"Good jobs are the best social policy that anyone can draw up," Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa said. "Apprenticeship leads to good middle-class jobs, promising careers, different life trajectories, and a higher quality of life in our communities. I applaud Secretary Perez for his partnership, Governor Raimondo for her reimagining job training through Real Jobs RI, and the RI Congressional Delegation for fighting for Rhode Island's best interests in Washington, D.C."

"Real Jobs RI supports our efforts to prepare people from diverse backgrounds for meaningful careers in the building trades," Tim Byrne, Business Manager for UA Local 51, said. "We appreciate Governor Raimondo's vision for workforce development and continued support for our apprenticeship program."

About Real Jobs RI

Real Jobs RI is a flexible, demand-driven, $5 million grant program that supports ideas from employers and partners of all sizes and connects people to job openings quickly. Planning and implementation grants help employers analyze the workforce demands of industry, cross-industry, and regional sectors over a sustained period of time and build partner relationships that will produce a stable pipeline of workers to existing jobs and help revitalize the RI economy. Each of the 26 Real Jobs partnerships produced and is now executing a detailed workforce training plan. The plans clearly state the sector's or region's needs, describe what the training is, how it will be implemented, what skills will be attained, and what goals/outcomes will be achieved.

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Workforce Training Partnerships Look to
Fill Open Jobs Now

Raimondo, Congressional delegation announce 26 Real Jobs RI grants

November 23, 2015

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, along with the Rhode Island Congressional delegation, today announced the recipients of the Real Jobs RI implementation grants available through the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT). Real Jobs RI is a demand-driven initiative that puts employers at the center of the state's workforce development efforts to train people for jobs that actually exist now.

The implementation grants will provide funding to support the creation 26 Strategic Industry Partnerships. These groups will develop training, education and human resource solutions needed to address their business and talent needs

"This demand-driven program is part of our strategy to reinvigorate the economy to make sure we are training people for jobs that are open now," Raimondo said. "We are moving decisively to deliver a more skilled workforce to employers and to help workers find well-paying jobs so they can make it in Rhode Island. Moving this program forward so quickly would not have happened without the support of our entire Congressional delegation."

The partnerships from more than 10 sectors will split about $5 million in federal and state funding to implement detailed job-training plans driven by employers' specific workforce needs, including jobs that are available now. The partnerships announced today include 186 employers and 108 strategic partners across various sectors including aquaculture, bioscience, design and health care, among others.

Raimondo credited the pivotal role played by U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Congressmen Jim Langevin and David N. Cicilline, whose combined efforts secured funding from the US Department of Labor for the Real Jobs partnerships.

"We want current and future employers in Rhode Island to know that we will work with them to ensure that they can find and develop the skilled workers they need to grow and prosper. Governor Raimondo has brought real vision and focus to reimagining workforce development in our state. We are united in this effort at the federal, state and local levels," said U.S. Senator Jack Reed. "I was pleased to work with my colleagues in the delegation to secure critical federal funding that will help launch Real Jobs Rhode Island partnerships in key sectors of our economy such as health care, defense, manufacturing, construction and information technology, to name a few."

"I've heard the same thing from businesses all over the state: we're ready to hire, but we can't find workers with the right training to do the job. These partnerships tackle that problem head on by preparing our workers for the jobs our employers are looking to fill now. Bridging that skills gap will put Rhode Islanders back to work and help some of our most important industries continue to grow," said Senator Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

"Although our economy is recovering, I continue to see where the skills gap holds us back. The Real Jobs RI grant program helps build a skilled workforce," said Congressman Jim Langevin, co-chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus. "The grants awarded will be used in 10 sectors of the Rhode Island economy, helping hundreds of potential workers to learn the skills they need to succeed in their chosen career. From cybersecurity to manufacturing, healthcare to construction, all the major segments of Rhode Island's economy will benefit from these grants."

"Rhode Island has been making great progress in getting people back to work and growing our economy. Ensuring that job training is directly connected to the positions available is a key piece of continuing that job growth, and this announcement will boost Rhode Island's ability to get people back to work," said Congressman David N. Cicilline. "I applaud the Governor for her relentless focus on getting Rhode Islanders back to work and look forward to continuing to work with her to promote Rhode Island's economic comeback."

"It's critical that we equip our workforce with the skills necessary to meet the needs of Rhode Island businesses," said Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. "The Real Jobs RI initiative builds a workforce training infrastructure from the ground up, reflecting the specific demands of Rhode Island's key sectors - ranging from industrial design to healthcare, marine trades to information technology. We are changing the way we understand and address workforce training issues in our state, ensuring that we will meet the real needs of our state's businesses and workers. Today's announcement is an important milestone in this critical effort."

"Our mission in the Raimondo Administration is helping Rhode Islanders develop the skills they need to succeed in 21st century jobs," said DLT Director Scott Jensen. "Real Jobs RI is an innovative, faster and better way to match workers who need jobs with employers who need skilled workers to fill open positions."

About Real Jobs Rhode Island
Real Jobs RI is a flexible demand-driven workforce development program that supports ideas from employers and partners of all sizes to connect people to the job openings of today and in the near future. Planning and implementation grants help employers analyze the workforce demands of industry and cross-industry sectors over a sustained period of time and build partner relationships that will produce a stable pipeline of trained workers to jobs.

 

Please see the list of the 26 Real Jobs Partnerships here.

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Raimondo, Congressional Delegation to Announce Real Jobs RI Partnerships

November 20, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -  Governor Gina M. Raimondo, along with the Rhode Island Congressional delegation, on Monday will announce the recipients of the 'Real Jobs RI' implementation grants available through the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT). Real Jobs RI is a demand-driven initiative that puts employers at the center of the state's workforce development efforts to train people for jobs that actually exist now. 

The implementation grants will provide funding to support over 20 Strategic Industry Partnerships. These groups will develop training, education, and human resource solutions needed to address their business and talent needs. 

WHO:      Governor Gina M. Raimondo 
                 Senator Jack Reed 
                 Senator Sheldon Whitehouse 
                 Congressman Jim Langevin
                 Congressman David N. Cicilline
                 RI Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor
                 RI DLT Director Scott Jensen

WHAT:    
Announcement of the winners of Real Jobs RI Implementation Grants

WHEN:
     Monday, November 23, 2015- 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

WHERE:  Ximedica
                55 DuPont Drive
               Providence, RI 02907

 

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Real Jobs Rhode Island Puts Employers at the Center of Job Training

Program is a Win for Workers, Win for Employers and Win for Rhode Island

July 31, 201

 

WARWICK, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced the 21 recipients of the Real Jobs Rhode Island planning grants available through the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT). Real Jobs Rhode Island is a demand-driven initiative that puts employers at the center of the state's workforce development efforts to train people for jobs that actually exist now.

"Our mission is to put people to work and by making our job-training efforts employer-centered, everyone wins," Raimondo said. "It's a win for employees who will have a job once their training is complete. It's a win for employers who will have a pipeline of trained workers. And it's a win for Rhode Island as we look to attract and grow more companies here."

Real Jobs Rhode Island is designed to ensure that employers have the talent they need to compete and grow while providing targeted education and skills training for workers.

The 21 Real Jobs Rhode Island planning grants, totaling $479,000, will provide funding to support the creation of Strategic Industry Partnerships. These groups will identify the training, education and human resource solutions needed to address their business needs as well as the action plans to implement these solutions. For a complete list of the recipients and details about their grant proposals please click here

Tne of the chief concerns of Rhode Island businesses is finding talent to fill their vacancies and fuel their success. That's why the Governor's economic growth framework begins with workforce development," Secretary Pryor said. "The Real Jobs program has invited employers to band together within their sectors in order to inform us of their specific workforce needs and, in so doing, enable us to partner with them effectively. Employers have responded remarkably. These 21 grant recipients represent over 100 employers and business associations. Now these awardees have the opportunity to produce plans that identify their real needs and that position us to craft real solutions together."

"How can it be that Rhode Island has a stubbornly high unemployment rate, yet there are employers every day saying they have jobs open that they can't fill?" said DLT Director Scott Jensen. "The problem is that not enough Rhode Islanders have the skills they need to succeed in 21st century jobs. We need to rethink the way we match workers who need jobs, with employers who have open positions but who don't have applicants with the skills or training to fill them."

About Real Jobs Rhode Island

Real Jobs RI is a flexible demand driven workforce development program that supports ideas from employers and partners of all sizes to connect people to the job openings of today and in the near future. Planning and implementation grants help employers analyze the workforce demands of industry and cross-industry sectors over a sustained period of time and build partner relationships that will produce a stable pipeline of trained workers to jobs.  

The $1.3 million in first-year funds for Real Jobs RI comes from the Governor's Workforce Board through its administration of the state Job Development Fund (JDF). The JDF is a long-standing state account dedicated to improving the skills and employability of Rhode Island's workforce. The Real Jobs RI program also has received a $5.2 million federal grant and intends to leverage other federal resources to support this innovative industry-sector based workforce initiative.


 

Applications for planning grant funds available through Real Jobs Rhode Island are due
at DLT Friday, July 3

June 30, 2015

 

DLT is reminding applicants seeking Real Jobs Rhode Island funding that planning grant submissions are due at DLT on Friday, July 3, no later than 3 PM. Grants will be awarded for business-driven sector partnerships for up to $25,000.

Proposals must be received by the Real Jobs Rhode Island staff at the RI Department of Labor and Training, 1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920. If the proposal submission is mailed, it must be postmarked no later than 3 PM. Hand delivery is preferred. Proposals may not be submitted by email or fax.

Launched in April, Real Jobs Rhode Island is a part of Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s Jobs Agenda. It is designed to make Rhode Island more competitive by aligning state workforce training efforts to address employers’ specific workforce needs. It is a flexible grant program aiming to ensure that employers have the talent they need to compete and grow while providing targeted education and skills training for workers. It relies on the ideas of companies of all sizes and their partners — educators, training providers, and human services groups — to connect people to job openings more quickly and produce a stable pipeline of workers to jobs.

The program got off the ground with a commitment of $1.3 million in funds from the Governor’s Workforce Board through its administration of the state Job Development Fund. It was bolstered by a US Department of Labor grant award of $5.25 million, which Governor Raimondo and the RI Congressional Delegation announced on June 18.

The purpose of the planning grants is to help partnerships convene, determine the specific workforce needs of employers, gather the necessary partners to meet these needs, and produce a detailed plan to train workers to meet demand. Planning grant applications may be downloaded at www.DLT.ri.gov/RealJobs/PlanGrant.htm. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

All remaining Real Jobs Rhode Island monies will be available to fund the sector partnerships whose plans are approved and selected. Selection will be a transparent process and priority will be given to the plans that best meet employer demand and put the most Rhode Islanders back to work in jobs that sustain families.

For more information on Real Jobs Rhode Island and the planning grant solicitation, visit www.dlt.ri.gov/realjobs. If you have any questions, please email dlt.realjobs@dlt.ri.gov.


 

Raimondo Jobs Plan: Working with Employers to Fill 'Real Jobs' Now

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced a part of her jobs plan that puts employers' needs at the center of government workforce development actions to jumpstart the Rhode Island economy. The plan, Real Jobs RI, encourages strategic industry partnerships to help people build the skills they need to be successful, while connecting them to employers who have hiring opportunities now.

"We need to roll-up our sleeves to connect employers with the trained workforce they need right now to grow and expand," Governor Raimondo said. "Real Jobs RI will help spark our recovery, while positioning industry partnerships as the critical hub around which government, education, workforce development providers, nonprofits, and others revolve."

"It's essential that we focus on the specific needs of employers as we reshape Rhode Island's job training system. That's what the Real Jobs approach is all about," said Stefan Pryor, Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce. "Our economic development package is called the 'Ocean State WAVE.' It begins with the W: workforce development. Growing Rhode Island's economy starts with strengthening our workforce development system, meeting the training needs of our employers, and positioning Rhode Islanders for the jobs of today and tomorrow."

"The Department of Labor and Training needs to move at the speed of business to deliver to Rhode Island companies the workforce they need to grow. Real Jobs RI will move at the speed of business," said DLT Director Scott Jensen.

The announcement was held at Yushin America Inc., a global robotics manufacturer in Cranston that symbolizes both the challenges facing the state's economy as well as its enormous potential. As Yushin looks to expand it plant by 75 percent, it has 14 open positions and it is having difficulty finding trained, skilled workers.

The company ships 30 precision-engineered robots a month to customers around the world.

Real Jobs RI

Real Jobs RI is a flexible grant program to support ideas from employers and partners of all sizes, to connect people to job openings more quickly. Planning and implementation grants will also be available to help employers to analyze the workforce demands of industry and cross-industry sectors over a sustained period of time and build partner relationships that will produce a stable pipeline of workers to jobs.

The $1.3 million in first-year funds for Real Jobs RI have been requested from the Governor's Workforce Board through its administration of the state Job Development Fund (JDF). The JDF is a long-standing state account dedicated to improving the skills and employability of Rhode Island's workforce. Initial planning grants up to $25,000 will be made available to help partnerships convene, determine the specific workforce needs of employer, gather the necessary partners to meet those needs, and produce a proposed plan to train and skill up individuals to meet those needs. All remaining funds (over $1 million) will be available to fund those partnerships whose plans are approved and selected. Selection will be a transparent process and priority will be given to those plans that best meet employer demand and put the most Rhode Islanders back to work in family-supporting jobs.




   

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