Weekly Workforce Roundup: April 11th – April 17th, 2013

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.

Pease add anything we missed by using the “comments” field.

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

Research and Reports

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 ollr@bnntv.org with their complete mailing address and phone number.

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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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