Weekly Workforce Round Up: July 3rd – July 10th, 2013

Happy Workforce Wednesday!

Below is this week’s roundup. Please add anything we missed by using the “comments” field.


Two weeks ago, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act of 2013, which would provide federal grants to states for the creation of industry-led partnerships. National Skills Coalition strongly supports this legislation.


It is estimated there are 1,000 sector partnerships operating across the country. Some states are moving to integrate sector-based approaches at the state level across their workforce development systems, despite a lack of explicit federal support for these programs. The SECTORS Act would establish new federal support for these sector partnerships, and would create specific performance measures to recognize and reward states that are taking steps to more effectively engage employers.

The SECTORS Act has received bipartisan support in the past. It was passed in the House of Representatives in 2010 but never received a vote in the Senate. We have an opportunity this year to pass this important legislation but we can’t do it without your help!

Contact your Senators and tell them to support the SECTORS Act to better align skills training with the needs of America’s growing industries!

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.
  • 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.

Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Events


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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