Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund RFP to Address Middle Skills Gap is Out!

We were so excited to see the announcement late last week that Commonwealth Corporation had released the latest Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund RFP: Addressing the Middle Skills Gap Grant Program.

With all the back and forth in the news about the skills gap, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that a significant percentage ofour workforce needs more skills and training to succeed and that a lot more public and private investment is required to help our workforce gain skills needed by employers and to help the unemployed and underemployed find work.

That’s why it’s so gratifying to see this particular grant program come to fruition.
Funded by a $5 million appropriation in the 2012 Jobs Bill, passed in August 2012, the Addressing the Middle Skills Gap Grant Program is designed to address the gap between the skills held by workers and the skills needed by employers for jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than the equivalent of a 4-year degree.

Information below is from CommCorp’s website:
Commonwealth Corporation seeks proposals from applicants that can work collaboratively through industry cluster partnerships to:

1) Implement a training strategy that will:
– Train and place un/under-employed Massachusetts residents into unsubsidized jobs and/or
– Train and place disconnected young adults into unsubsidized jobs and
– Train and support incumbent workers to advance to higher wage jobs and
2) Benefit participating business partners
3) Develop new systems, programs or partnerships that last beyond the life of the grant

An optional Bidders’ Webinar will be held on October 19, 2012 at 10am. Required Letters of Intent are due by November 19, 2012. Please see the Request for Proposals for more information.

This solicitation is offered by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program is funded by the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.


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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