Weekly Workforce Roundup: February 6th – February 21st, 2013

Happy Workforce Thursday!

Sorry about the delay, it’s been a busy but great couple weeks for us here at SkillWorks!

Here’s the roundup for the last two weeks — please add anything we missed by using the “comments” field.

  • Last week marked the Annual Skills Summit in Washington, D.C. where we, along with local business, college, labor and workforce leaders from 25 different states were able to get together and learn about current federal policy debates and discuss the latest communication strategies in the world of skill and workforce development.
  • One of the biggest topics of discussion and a really exciting development in the national fight against unemployment was the release of the Democrats new workforce bill. The Workforce Investment Act of 2013 will improve the nation’s workforce investment infrastructure, focusing on finding workers jobs and careers through strategic partnerships with in-demand sector employers, community colleges, labor organizations, and non-profits.

Be sure to stay tuned for updates regarding this bill!

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.

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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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