Like everyone else, we are sobered and saddened by the events of this week. It’s been a difficult week here in Boston. Thanks to all those who reached out to express thair concern and care. We truly appreciate it. For those who are interested in contributing to the victims and to the recovery, Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino have established The One Fund Boston to accept contributions.
And now, because we are also #BostonStrong, we wanted to continue the Workforce Roundup this week and do our part to keep moving forward.
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Advocacy Action Alerts
- Call your MA State Senators and Representatives and ask them to support the following budget amendments for workforce training and adult education in caucus next week (see Friday’s blog post for more detail):
- Amendment 813 (Rep. Conroy) In support of $5 million for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund to provide education and skills development for unemployed and underemployed persons that lead to jobs in high growth industry sectors (currently not in the Governor’s budget or House budget)
- Amendment #760 (Rep. Conroy) Pathways to Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Employment Services Program to invest $9.1 million in the Employment Services Program (DTA 4401-1000) to equip low-income families with the tools they need to achieve long-term economic security.
- Amendments #848, 434 and 647 (Reps. Conroy, Sanchez and Forry) to increase funding for the YouthWorks summer jobs programs from $2 million to between $5 million – $11 million.
- Amendments #565 (Rep. Peisch) to increase funding for School to Career Connecting Activities to $5 million
- Amendment #795 (Rep. Conroy) to increase funding for One Stop Career Centers from $4.2 million to $7.8 million
- Amendments #610 and 188 (Reps. Brady and Henriquez) to increase funding for the Shannon Anti-Gang Violence Program to $8 million.
- Amendment #207 (Rep. Nangle) to increase Adult Basic Education to $30, 702,108
Workforce in the News
- Bristol-Myers Squibb to invest $250M expansion, double workforce in Devens (Boston Business Journal, April 11, 2013)
- Boston Foundation report finds flaws in state’s community college system (Boston Business Journal, April 12, 2013)
- The Urban Jobs Crisis (James M. Quane, William Julius Wilson, Jackelyn Hwang, Harvard Magazine, May 2013)
- The Terrifying Reality of Long-Term Unemployment (Matthew O’Brien, The Atlantic, April 2013)
Research and Reports
- Stepping Up for Community Colleges: Building on the Momentum to Improve Student Success in Massachusetts (The Boston Foundation, April 2013)
- Signaling Success: Boosting Teen Employment Prospects. This report presents findings from nearly 200 businesses about their perceptions of teens’ hard skills, work behaviors, employment laws, factors affecting their hiring decisions and other hiring preferences. The study also reports on the rigorous screening process for entry-level employees and the signals that teens present when seeking employment.
- Massachusetts Economic Independence Index 2013 (Crittenton Women’s Union, March 2013)
- Hot Jobs 2013 (Crittenton Women’s Union, March 2013)
- Financial Pressures Drive Down College Completion – A Continuation of the Clasp RADD Chart Series (CLASP, March 2013)
- Labor Market Trends for the Commonwealth’s 8 regions (Commonwealth Corporation, March 1st)
- Closing the Massachusetts Skills Gap: Recommendations and Action Steps (Commonwealth Corporation capstone report, March 2013)
Tools and Resources
- Building Blocks of Labor Market Success: Evidence from O*NET Job Analysis Surveys. This report analyzes the O*NET database at the United States Department of Labor to identify the key features of occupations in which teens work and how those features compare to higher level jobs. Teen labor market jobs place a high value on a set of work behaviors. The importance of those work behaviors remains steady at all levels of occupations over the course of a teen’s working life.
- 2013 First Literacy scholarship applications are now available for adult learners who have completed an ABE/adult literacy program in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, or Watertown between April 2012 and July 2013 AND have been accepted to a higher education or vocational training of substantial duration.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with their complete mailing address and phone number.
- $20 Million in Grant Funds from the US Dept. of Labor is now available to help adults in work release programs gain industry-recognized credentials and employment. Click here to learn more.
- The Employment Programs for Special Target Occupations: Individuals with Disabilities RFP (CommCorp) is designed to prepare, support and place un/underemployed individuals with disabilities into jobs.
- The Employment Programs for Special Target Occupations: Homeless Individuals RFP (CommCorp) is designed to prepare, support and place un/underemployed homeless individuals into jobs.
- April 24, 2013: Release of Closing the Massachusetts Skills Gap: Recommendations and Action Steps (Commonwealth Corporation)
- April 30, 2013: Matchmaker, Matchmaker: Improve Participant Assessment to Make Better Training-Webinar (NNSP)
- 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 ( Register here!)
- May 16, 2013: Webinar: Investing in Skilled Immigrant Integration (National College Transition Network)
- May 22, 2013: From Jails to Jobs: How to Help Youth and Adults with Criminal Records Get Jobs! (National Network of Sector Partners)
- June 11-13, 2013: National Fund for Workforce Solutions Annual Meeting (early registration deadline is May 1) (National Fund for Workforce Solutions)