FY2012 Budget Hearings on Workforce Priorities

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development is holding two FY2012 budget hearings in the next few days.

If you care about workforce training in the state budget, I would strongly encourage you to get out to one of these hearings and/or submit written testimony by December 22.

Skills2Compete MA’s budget priorities for FY2012 include:

  • Recapitalize the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund to support middle-skill education and training in specific high growth/ critical industry sectors.  Use this fund strategically to help more adults enter and complete post-secondary training leading to a credential with meaning in the labor market.
  • A full allocation of $21 million for the Workforce Training Fund, which is funded by businesses to support training for thousands of workers in the state;
  • Level funding of $27.7 million for ABE/ESOL programs;
  • $6 million to support One Stop Career Centers, the backbone of the state’s training infrastructure and the entry-point for so many laid-off and unemployed workers;
  • Support for School to Career Connecting Activities that help prepare youth for entrance to the labor market;
  • $8 million for youth summer jobs.
Hearing 1 – Boston, MA
Thursday, December 16th, 2010
11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Charles F. Hurley Bldg., Minihan Hall
19 Staniford Street, 6th floor
Boston, MA
Hearing 2 – Taunton, MA
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Taunton Career Center
72 School Street
Taunton, MA

Can’t make it to a hearing?  Submit written testimony by December 22 to:

Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein
Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
One Ashburton Place, Suite 2112
Boston, MA 02108


Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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