Weekly Workforce Roundup: March 15th – March 21st, 2013

Happy Workforce Thursday!

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

Skills Act Passes in the House, Bad News for America’s Workforce and Industries

National Skills Coalition opposes The SKILLS Act because it fails to enact real reforms to improve the quality of our nation’s federal workforce development programs and, in many instances, will make it more difficult for jobseekers to connect to the labor market and for employers to access the skilled workers they need.


The Skilled Careers in Life Sciences Initiative will be holding training sessions for unemployed and underemployed adults starting in September 2013.  If you’d like to learn more attend one of the Life Sciences/SCILS information sessions listed at www.scilsinitiative.org!

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

  • New JVS Skills Training Program -Pharmacy Technician Certification starts April 16th, 2013. Click here to learn more about this 12 week program that prepares participants to pass the national pharmacy technician certification exam.
  • Training Opportunity: Online Learning Readiness at Boston Neighborhood Network: Free workforce readiness training program geared at helping unemployed and underemployed residents gain new skills to impress future employers. To schedule an assessment, applicants should email ollr@bnntv.org with their complete mailing address and phone number.
  • VIDEO: “In Search of the Skilled Worker: Finding, Training and Placing Workers in the Skilled Trades” First in a series of roundtables and webinars – Partnerships and Practice
  • ETA “Mobilizes” Its Job Search Tools: The ETA’s most popular online tools will now be available as a mobile-optimized website.
  • GED Test Series to Go All Digital (Workforc3 One Newsletter)
  • Labor Market Information Resources include six new podcasts that help you identify and use workforce statistics. The ETA also issued all of the products that were funded by the ARRA’s State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants. Follow the link to view the  catalogue of all participating state products, evaluations, practitioner briefs, a Webinar, and podcasts.
  • The Census Bureau has released an Economic Indicator Mobile App, “America’s Economy
  • Innovative Technology Pilot Project: Mobile Apps (World Education’s National College Transition Network) The project goal is to develop and pilot two apps (for use on standard feature phones and smart phones) that accelerate learning of academic and health career related vocabulary and concepts for adults preparing to enter post-secondary education and technical training.

Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Events

  • March 26, 2013: Understanding Boston: Life Sciences Innovation as a Catalyst for Economic Development report release (The Boston Foundation) to RSVP email RSVP@tbf.org
  • April 2, 2013: The release of “Signaling Success: Improving Teen Employment Prospects (Commonwealth Corporation)
  • April 5, 2013: Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education Network Conference (MCAE)
  • April 9, 2013: Coaching for College and Career Workshop (The Boston Foundation)
  • April 11, 2013: Labor Market Trends for the Practitioner Conference (MWPA and Commonwealth Corporation)
  • April 16, 2013:US Census Training (Crittenton Women’s Union)
  • April 30, 2013: Webinar- Matchmaker, Matchmaker: Improve Participant Assessment to Make Better Training
  • May 3, 2013: Webinar- Link Learning to Work: Engage Employers to Develop Career Paths to Support Recruitment, Retention and Readiness (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning)
  • May 9, 2013: Commonwealth Workforce Coalition 10th Annual Conference

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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