Weekly Workforce Roundup: December 19th – January 3rd, 2012

Happy New Year and Happy Workforce Thursday!

Here’s 2013’s First Roundup–please add anything we missed by using the “comments” field.

** The 2013 Commonwealth Workforce Coalition is soliciting workshop presentation proposals for it’s 10th Annual Conference “Sharing Skills~Building Connections- Opening Doors to Opportunity: 10 Years and Counting!”

We are seeking workshop proposals that highlight best practices, innovative solutions, practical tools, and models for workforce training, employment, and education programs and partnerships that support low-income individuals and families on the path to economic success. Proposals must be received electronically by January 14th.

Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

Funding Opportunities

  • The Massachusett’s High-Demand Professions Scholarship – was created in alignment with the Vision Project goal of attaining national higher education leadership in the area of workforce development. The scholarship will provide grants of up to $6,500 per year for UMass students, up to $5,500 for state university students, and up to $4,000 per year for community college students beginning in spring 2013.
  • Stand Down Grants: These grants provide an estimated 10,000 homeless veterans with opportunities to reintegrate into society.

Upcoming Events


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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