Weekly Workforce Roundup: October 31 – November 7, 2012

Happy Workforce Wednesday!

Here’s this week’s roundup–please add anything we missed by using the “comments” field.

Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

Funding Opportunities

  • The AMP it up! campaign seeks to change the perception of manufacturing in Massachusetts and educate middle school through community college age students and their advisors that advanced manufacturing is an attractive education/career alternative. Applications must be received by Nov. 15.
  • The goal of the Employment Data Collection and Publication Strategies request for proposals is to incent and provide resources for a few leading employers and a few leading community colleges to conduct pilot programs for data collection and publication. This RFP is co-sponsored by the Boston Healthcare Careers Consortium and SkillWorks. Responses should be submitted by 5:00pm on November 30th.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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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