Happy Workforce Wednesday!
Here’s this week’s roundup–please add anything we missed by using the “comments” field.
Workforce in the News
- Federal Budget Cuts Threaten Local Career Centers (CBS3 Springfield, October 31, 2012)
- Western Massachusetts Unemployment Officials Cite Importance of Job Training Funding (MassLive, October 31, 2012)
- Job Training Programs to Be Impacted By Federal Cuts (WAMC, October 31, 2012)
- Department of Labor November Newsletter (November 2012)
Research and Reports
- Massachusetts Community Colleges as Drivers of Economic Development (Workforce Strategy Center, November 2012)
- Understanding the Role of Mayors in Workforce Development (The Ford Foundation and WSC, November 2012)
Tools and Resources
- Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Internship Program: Now accepting applications from students and recent graduates, as well as Mass- based clean energy companies interested in hosting interns.
- Credentials to Careers Consortium: The Consortium promotes skills development and career opportunities through STEM education and career training for trade-impacted and other struggling workers.
- 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 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.
- November 7-9, 2012: National College Transition Network Fall Conference
- November 8, 2012: Webinar: Five Ways that Pay Along the Way to a B.A. (Credentials That Work)
- November 13, 2012: Webinar, MDRC Reviews the Evidence: What do we know about what works for employment retention and advancement (Workforce Matters)
- November 14, 2012: Webinar, Building Basic Skills: Solutions for Sector Partners (Insight Center for Community Economic Development)
- November 14, 2012: From Jobs to Job Quality: Ideas for Improving Low Wage Work (Workforce Strategies Initiative)
- November 29, 2012: Commonwealth Corporation Open House Celebration
- November 30, 2012: Workshop Series highlights Modeling Work Readiness, Career Planning, and Integrated Curriculum (CWC, New Bedford Trainings)
- December 4, 2012: Webinar: Creating a Conversation on Job Quality: Research, Advocacy and Communication Strategies for Workforce Development Leaders (AspenWSI)
- December 17-18, 2012: Post Election Philanthropy: Votes, Values and Vision (Workforce Matters)