Happy Workforce Wednesday!
Here’s this week’s roundup–please add anything we missed by using the “comments” field.
Workforce in the News
- State House News – Jobs Report Inspires Optimism in Some , Calls for Change in Others (Andy Metzger, Wicked Local Scituate Mariner, October 19, 2012)
- Lt. Governor Announces $780K Grant for Science Education and Jobs (Kimberly Ashton, Charlestown Patch, October 22, 2012)
- Verizon Exec Offers Hope for a Local Turnaround in Employment for a Telecom Company (John Chesto, Boston Business Journal, October 24, 2012)
- Young People, People without Post-Secondary Degrees Struggling to Find Employment (Brian Fraga, The Herald News, October 19, 2012)
Research and Reports
- NPR on Causes, Cures for Low Home Care Worker Wages (Direct Care Alliance, October 2012)
- The Alternative Staffing Work Experience: Populations, Barriers and Employment Outcomes (Helen Levine, Brandynn Holgate, Risa Takenaka, and Françoise Carré, October, 2012)
Tools and Resources
- Workforce3 One October Newsletter: Find resources for workforce system success
- Job Training Alliance: A searchable listing of job training programs in the City of Boston.
- Metro Boston SCILS (Skilled Careers in Life Sciences) Initiative. Recruitment sessions continue! See the SCILS site for a calendar of events and more information.
- Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career A comprehensive manual designed to assist women with job training and career development as they enter into innovative and nontraditional jobs.
- Career One Stop (A proud partner of the American Job Center Network)Tools to help jobseekers, students, businesses and career professionals.
- 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. Required Letters of Intent are due by November 19, 2012. Please see the Request for Proposals for more information.
- The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation Secure Jobs Fund is a one-year demonstration project that will support two regional partnerships to secure employment for at least 150 adults from HomeBASE households, to develop a replicable model, and to inform state and federal policy regarding homelessness and employment. RFP has been released and proposals are due October 31, 2012.
- @Scale STEM Pipeline initiative focused on workforce development and post-secondary credential attainment. RFP has been released, and proposals are due October 25, 2012.
- Pay for Success Pilot Projects: Grants awarded will fund pilots of a Pay for Success model which is an innovative funding strategy for achieving specific social service outcomes. Closing date is December 11, 2012.
- Stand Down Grants: These grants provide an estimated 10,000 homeless veterans with opportunities to reintegrate into society.
- October 24, 2012: Skills Gap: Supply and Demand in the Massachusetts Economy (Commonwealth Corporation in partnership with Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Public Policy Center) *Website has list of different dates and locations throughout MA.
- October 25, 2012: Leveraging Mature Talent,Strategies for Serving Older Workers (CAEL)
- November 1, 2012: The Next Wave of Performance Measurement (Root Cause/Social Innovation Forum)
- November 2, 2012: Advancing Greener Careers and Campuses – A Virtual Summit (The Greenforce Initiative)
- November 2, 2012: Workshop Series highlights Modeling Work Readiness, Career Planning, and Integrated Curriculum (CWC, New Bedford Trainings)
- November 7-9, 2012: National College Transition Network Fall Conference
- November 13, 2012: Webinar, MDRC Reviews the Evidence: What do we know about what works for employment retention and advancement (Workforce Matters)
- November 30, 2012: Workshop Series highlights Modeling Work Readiness, Career Planning, and Integrated Curriculum (CWC, New Bedford Trainings)
- December 17-18, 2012: Post Election Philanthropy: Votes, Values and Vision (Workforce Matters)