Here’s this week’s roundup! Please add anything we missed by using the “comments” field.
- Support workforce funding in the MA state budget. Call your state senator and rep and ask that they support workforce priorities in the FY2013 budget. Read the Workforce Solutions Group’s alert.
Workforce Development In the News
- Grant to use H1-B fees to train local workers (3/9/12, Boston Globe)
- Boston wins $5 million grant for life sciences job training (3/8/12, Boston Business Journal)
- A lost decade for young workers (3/8/12, The Atlantic)
- Massachusetts unemployment stayed flat in January at 6.9% (3/8/12, Boston Business Journal)
Research and Analysis
- Statewide Aid Policies to Improve College Access and Success (Jobs for the Future, Feb. 2012)
Tools and Resources
- Kirstein Business Library @ the Copley Square Central Library (useful resource for job search, company research, etc)
- Moving Low-skill SNAP Recipients toward Self-Sufficiency (SNAP-ET Users’ Guide, National Skills Coalition, Feb. 2012)
- Read English for New Bostonian’s latest newsletter–lots of information about training, programs, and resources!
- SkillsPass, JobReadiness and the Labor Market Value Index – a suite of tools to help align curriculum with job skill requirements to make it more responsive to employers’ needs. Webinars being held by the Workforce Strategy Center on March 14 and 22. Register here.
- Forgivable Student Loans Helping Employees Advance (ICIC features Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s forgivable loan program)
- U.S. Department of Labor: Workforce Data Quality Initiative (due April 19, 2012)
- U.S. Department of Labor: Serving Young Adult Ex-Offenders through Training and Service-Learning – SGA-DFA-PY-11-03 (due April 17, 2012)
- National Council of La Raza Career Pathways Initiative (proposals due April 5, 2012)
- Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program of the Hitachi Foundation (first round applications due March 30, 2012)
- March 14, 2012: The Boston Foundation releases the 6th Biennial Boston Indicators Report. RSVP required for live event.
- March 23, 2012: Network 2012 (MCAE’s ABE conference)
- April 3, 2012: Locally and Regionally Engaged: New England Colleges and Universities as drivers of Innovation, Economic Growth and Community Well-being (New England Board of Higher Education)
- May 1, 2012: Disrupting the Poverty Cycle: Emerging Practices to Achieve Economic Mobility (sponsored by Crittenton Women’s Union)
- May 14, 2012: Sharing Skills-Building Connections Conference (sponsored by Commonwealth Workforce Coalition)