I was bopping around the Internet today and stumbled upon this article in The Brunswick News about the power of manufacturing to the Golden Isles economy.

Per the article, close to nine percent of the local workforce comes via manufacturing, and these aren’t minimum wage positions, either. According the Georgia Department of Labor, the average weekly pay is more than $860.

Mel Baxter, president of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority noted how impactful each manufacturing position is for the community.

“Of course, we love our tourism industry and the other industries. But the manufacturing industry’s jobs come with sizable pay and benefits. I believe it takes 10 service industry jobs to make one manufacturing job,” Baxter said.

This got me thinking about how those already in the Brunswick/Glynn County area can get some training to perhaps land some of these positions.

First, you should register for the Georgia Work Ready Online Portal. This allows you to do the following (bold emphasis is my own):

  • Search job postings pulled from thousands of job-search websites
  • Find training programs in the Coastal region
  • Learn how to transition to another career by studying the skills required in that industry
  • Upload resume for employers to review for job opportunities
  • Track the status of an application after submission to an employer
  • Study real labor market information, including wage and labor projections

After registering you then should contact one of the WorkSource Coastal Job Centers. There are eight in the area, which means there should be one somewhat close to your location in the region. These centers are gold mines for resources and help needed to perhaps land a job or new career. Here’s the contact information for each one.

·           Brunswick Job Center

            Phone: 912-554-7947

            1600 Union St 

Brunswick, GA, 31521

·          Effingham Job Center

Phone: 912-295-2821

410 S Columbia Ave, Ste B 
Rincon, GA, 31326

·           Hinesville Job Center

Phone: 912-332-7908

140 E. MLK Jr. Drive 
Hinesville, GA, 31313

·           Kings Bay Job Center

Phone: 912-439-3720

1712 Osborne Street , Suite G
St. Mary's, GA, 31558

·           Savannah One Stop

Phone: 912-354-6174

7216 Skidaway Rd, Ste C 
Savannah, GA, 31405

·           Screven Job Center

Phone: 912-451-8250

111 N Main St 
Sylvania, GA, 30467

·           Statesboro Job Center

Phone: 912-681-4134

515 Denmark St, Ste 1200 
Statesboro, GA, 30458