Before we launch into the weekly roundup–some developing good news on the Jobs bill (now H.4352). The House-Senate conference committee released the bill last night, and now both Houses must act today in order to pass the legislation before the session ends. The Conference Committee’s report includes the $5M direct appropriation for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, which we were all advocating for! Click through the link and look for sections 13, 15, 16, 17 and 76 for details. We’re excited also that some of the elements of the Middle-Skills Solutions Act were incorporated into the Jobs bill and language about the WCTF. We’ll be posting updates as things develop. Stay tuned (and follow us on Twitter @s2cma for real time updates)! And thanks for all your support!
Here’s this week’s roundup–please add anything we missed by using the “comments” field.
Workforce Development In the News
- Students Train to Become Video Game Designers (Boston Globe, July 30, 2012)
- US Labor Department announces nearly $260 million in grants to provide job training and related services to unemployed, low-income seniors (USDOL News Release, July 26, 2012)
Research and Reports
- An Examination of the Information Technology Job Market (Jobs for the Future, Credentials that Work initiative, August 2012)
- Innovations in Labor Market Information and Their Application (Jobs for the Future, August 2012)
- Occupational Profiles for the Mature Worker (CAEL, 2012)
- Building on Success: Four Years of Impact 2007-2011 (National Fund for Workforce Solutions)
Tools and Resources
- Taking Inventory of Retail Jobs: A discussion on work in the retail industry (Video from AspenWSI event on July 25, 2012)
- Pink to Green Toolkit: Adding a Gender Lens to Green Jobs Training Programs (Wider Opportunies for Women for the GreenWays Initiative, July 2012)
- Low-cost Computer/Technology Classes. Irish International Immigration Center/Timothy Smith Network. Classes start in September.
- Metro Boston SCILS (Skilled Careers in Life Sciences) Initiative. Recruitment sessions continue! See the SCILS site for a calendar of events and more information.
- August 1, 2012: Using the Boston Business Journal for your Job Search (The Work Place)
- October 1, 2012: Boston/Metro-North Labor Market Information Report Release
- October 10, 2012: 2012 Jobs and Workforce Summit (Workforce Solutions Group/SkillWorks)