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Advance Buffalo - Job Seekers: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can participate in the Advance Buffalo workforce program?

A: Anyone 18 years old or over—whether they are employed now or unemployed.


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Q: What types of jobs are available?

A: We have seven job categories available. They are as follows: production operator; welder; quality assurance inspector; electrician; electro-mechanical technician; CNC machinist; and mechanic. We expect to have positions from entry level to advanced level in these various categories. Note: production operator is usually an entry-level role.


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Q: Is prior manufacturing experience required to apply for this program?

A: No. Prior manufacturing experience is valued, but we have a number of positions for individuals with no prior manufacturing experience. If you need some manufacturing training to be eligible for a position, you will be sent to a training provider that is local and accessible to you. You may not be required to pay for any of the training provided in this program. If there are costs associated with the training, the costs will be low.


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Q: Do I need a car to reach the job sites for businesses in the Advance Buffalo program?

A: A car is helpful to reach some of the job sites, but it is not needed for all sites. We are working to make arrangements for transportation on a transitional basis to assist job candidates until more permanent transportation arrangements can be made.
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Q: Do these jobs require overtime?

A: Many of the positions in the Advance Buffalo program have overtime opportunities. Many people like to work overtime in order to earn additional income. Employers are likely to question you during the interview process to determine your willingness to work overtime. A willingness to work overtime is clearly a positive attribute for a job candidate. However, it is not required to participate in the program.


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Q: If I need training for additional manufacturing skills, where will I be sent for training?

A: Advance Buffalo has partnered with a number of training providers for purposes of the program. You will be sent to a training provider that is local and accessible to you. You may not be required to pay for any of the training provided in this program. If there are costs associated with the training, it will be low-cost training.


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Q: Will I be paid for my time in a training program?

A: No. The Advance Buffalo program does not pay candidates for their time spent in training.


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Q: Will I be provided a bus pass for use during the training program?

A: No. However, in some instances, some community-based organizations may offer one if you are a participant in their program.


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Q: What else would be required of me in order to be placed in a job or training in the Advance Buffalo program?

A: Almost all of the businesses in the program require that job candidates pass a drug test before they receive an offer of employment. We test at the beginning of our process so that a job candidate doesn’t go through the training to learn that there are no job opportunities available due to the drug test results. If you do not pass the drug screen, you will be able to take it again in three months.


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Q: If I fail the drug test, can I reapply for the Advance Buffalo program?

A: Yes. You can reapply for the Advance Buffalo program after three months.


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Q: How many job interviews will I be sent on?

A: You will be referred to as many job opportunities that your experience and education match. We will also assist you with résumé preparation and interviewing techniques.


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Q: What is the National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC)?

A: The NWRC is a certification of an individual's readiness for entry-level work, as defined by employers. It is the first assessment for entry-level workers to provide a universal, transferable, national standard for work readiness.


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Q: What is the TABE test?

A: TABE stands for Test for Adult Basic Education. It is a way for us to assess your math and reading skills. If your math and reading skills do not match what the business is requesting, you will be referred to a training provider for refresher math and reading instruction.


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Q: What happens if I fail the TABE test?

A: You will be referred to an adult education training provider who will work with you to improve your skills so that you can get a satisfactory score on the TABE test.


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Q: What if I decide, after speaking to the Department of Labor specialist, that I don’t want a job in advanced manufacturing?

A: You will not participate in the Advance Buffalo program, but you may be referred to other job opportunities or training programs that are aligned with your interests.


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Q: How much do jobs in advanced manufacturing pay?

A: The pay scale varies based on your experience, skill set, and the level of the position. We provide mean salaries for the various occupations in the chart on the "Occupations" tab to the left. Advanced manufacturing is a great career and the jobs in the Advance Buffalo program put you on track for higher level jobs over time. All of the positions in the Advance Buffalo program are full-time and provide benefits, including health insurance.


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Q: Where can I learn more about the businesses participating in the program?

A: The businesses are listed on this website. See the "Participating Businesses" tab to the left. You can click on a business and go to their website for more information.


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Q: Are Advance Buffalo’s manufacturing environments friendly places to work for women, as well as racial and ethnic minorities?

A: Advance Buffalo values diversity and inclusion. All of the businesses in the program are Equal Employment Opportunity employers. We are working with our business partners to identify mentors for all Advance Buffalo candidates placed in careers as part of the program. Research shows that mentoring relationships can be an important component of career success. We expect Advance Buffalo’s manufacturing environments to be friendly places to work for women, as well as racial and ethnic minorities.
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Q: Does Advance Buffalo have any programs or opportunities specifically designed for veterans?

A: Veterans have priority of service. So, if you are a veteran and we determine that you meet the requirements for the jobs or training, you will be referred first.


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Q: Where can I get more information about Advance Buffalo?

A: Visit any of the New York State Career Centers listed below.

Western New York Career Centers
284 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 851-2600
ECC North
Gleasner Hall, Room 166
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 270-4444
81 Walnut Street
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 433-6766
4175 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 634-9081
1001 11th Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
(716) 278-8258
Buffalo Employment & Training Center
77 Goodell Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 856-8627

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Q: Where can I get more information about the Buffalo Billion economic development strategy?

A: Check out the website of the Regional Economic Development Councils. You can also read the Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan.


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