Calls needed TODAY in support of workforce training in Senate budget

The Massachusetts Senate’s FY14 budget proposal came out last week, and amendments are currently being debated.

We have only a day or so left to get calls in. THANK YOU to those who have heeded our calls already and who have called their Senators to support key job training programs for youth and adults.

While the Senate budget proposal is an improvement over the House proposal, there are still many cuts to key job training programs.

SkillWorks and the Workforce Solutions Group are working hard to preserve resources that help teens and adults gain the skills they need in order to move ahead in today’s economy.

Please take a moment to call your senator and ask him or her to co-sponsor the following amendments to help close the skills gap and ensure that every employer has the workforce they need to compete economically.

Amendment #315  Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund   7002-1074
$5 million to support employer-led training partnerships aligned to the Commonwealth’s economic development strategy.

Amendment #41  YouthWorks Youth Jobs  7002-0012
Funds the salaries of youth working at non-profit jobs, primarily in summer.
Increase from $8 million to $11 million.

Amendment #347 School to Career Connecting Activities Youth Jobs   7027-0019
Recruits, prepares, and places youth in jobs paid by the private sector.
Increase from $2.87 to $4.1 Million.

Amendment #293  Pathways to Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Pilot Program
Creates the Pathways Pilot and invests $2 million to equip low-income families with the tools they need to achieve long-term economic security.  (Outside section)

Amendment #270 One Stop Career Centers   7003-0803
To increase resources for One Stops from $4.4 million to $6 million.

Amendment #370 STEM Pipeline Fund    7066-0035
Increase funding from $1 million to $1.5 million.

Amendment #391 Adult Basic Education  7035-0002

Increase funding from $30,024,160 to $32 million.

Thank you for your support.


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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