21st Century Workforce Initiative Visioning Sessions Scheduled

Joanne F. Goldstein, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, has announced three sessions around the Commonwealth for stakeholders to participate in the recently-launched 21st Century Workforce Development System initiative.

The first session will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25th, in Scibelli Hall at Springfield Technical Community College.

The Springfield event will bring together key stakeholders for a frank discussion about the challenges facing workforce development in Massachusetts. Among those challenges are a growing skills gap, high youth unemployment, and declining federal support for employment and training programs. 

The discussion on October 25th event will focus on leveraging the strengths and capacity of our educational and occupational skills training institutions and developing a comprehensive strategy to maximize the power of the Commonwealth’s academic, vocational, and community partners.

On November 3, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, businesses will have an opportunity to share their perspectives on the most effective ways to recruit, train, and retain a 21st century workforce.

On November 8th at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River, discussion will focus on the workforce development needs of those hardest hit by the economic downturn. Attendees will discuss the challenges faced by veterans, people with disabilities, youth, mature workers, the poor and the working poor, and explore innovative approaches to ensure their full participation in our state’s economy.

The 21st Century Workforce Development System Visioning sessions offer key stakeholders an opportunity to help shape a system that will achieve the shared goals of adding good jobs, lowering unemployment rates, strengthening our core knowledge-based sectors, and supplying eompanies with an educated and skilled workforce. 

If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, please R.S.V.P. to lcaissie@detma.org.


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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