Weekly Workforce Round Up: June 19th – June 26th, 2013

Happy Workforce Wednesday!

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

Welfare Reform – Education and Skills Training Elements

As most of you know by now, the Senate passed a Welfare Reform bill on Thursday night, June 20.  SkillWorks and the Workforce Solutions Group, led by our partner the Crittenton Women’s Union, was particularly interested in ensuring that the bill contained provision to help families get the education and training they need to become self-sufficient.

As passed, the bill contained several positive provisions, including a new “Full Employment Program” to be administered by Commonwealth Corporation in consultation with an advisory committee of training providers and employers; a provision that protects families by allowing for some good cause exemptions from job search requirements; allowing families to count participation in education and training toward the work requirement longer than the currently allowable 12 months; and allowing families to save money for educational expenses without having it count as income.

Stay tuned for next steps–the House takes up the bill soon, and there is more debate to come!

Read the Senate Bill (with amendments).  

 Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

  • Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU) is pleased to invite submissions of research, policy and practice oriented papers, panels, and interactive workshops on innovative approaches to promoting economic mobility for Disrupting the Poverty Cycle, CWU’s 2nd conference, at UMass Boston on April 10, 2014.
  • Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook is a DHE grant project that was completed by Commonwealth Corporation. This graphical resource contains charts that inform workforce development professionals, educators, employers, and jobseekers about the status and recent history of Healthcare careers and the Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector in the Commonwealth.
  • JVS: Bridges to College program is currently recruiting students for their July 2013 cycle. They are offering an exciting new track with a biotechnology focus in partnership with Quincy College. Click on the following links for more information: JVS_BioTech Flyer July 2013,  Quick Facts_Biotech learning Community
  • The U.S. Census Bureau has improved the variety of the online courses they offer. Click here for more information on how to register and which courses they offer. Some of their more useful courses for the workforce community include “Using Census Data for Grant Applications” and “How to Navigate American FactFinder”.
  • 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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