Weekly Workforce Round Up: November 20th – December 4th, 2013

Welcome to the Weekly Roundup!

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

Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

  • The Sector Skills Academy (The Aspen Institute) is now accepting applications for its next class to begin in April 2014. The Academy is a year-long program designed for leaders from community-based organizations, community colleges, local government, labor-management partnerships, worker centers, WIBs and business associations.
  • Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugees Advocacy Coalition and Networks for Integrating New Americans are excited to share the announcement of a new federally funded technical assistance and peer learning opportunity.
  • Guide and Tools for Navigators presents the main principles, tools and practices emerging from this work about the important and influential role that Navigators have on the college and career success of students.
  • Career Pathways – Catalog of Toolkits is an online directory of free resources to help plan a career pathways initiative.
  • Disability Employment Tracker is a powerful corporate tool developed by the National Organization on Disability, with the National Business and Disability Council and Sirota. The tracker helps companies across a range of industries confidentially assess their readiness to launch or expand their hiring of people with disabilities and veterans.
  • The Skilled Trades Playbook serves as a one-stop, how-to guide with checklists and other tools to help businesses and community colleges work together to find, train, and place workers in the skilled trades.
  • WorkHands is a new tool that helps the millions of skilled trades workers in this country build an online identity, connect with colleagues, and stand out in the job search.

Funding Opportunities

  • The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (HED) is pleased to announce today that we are issuing $1,750,000 and seeking applications from multiple applicants from workforce, education and/or employer organizations.  In accordance with the FY 14 budget language<http://www.mass.gov/bb/gaa/fy2014/app_14/act_14/h70020020.htm>, we are seeking applications for precision manufacturing programs that provide training to unemployed and underemployed individuals including veterans, minorities and women and that support the workforce needs of the Commonwealth’s globally competitive advanced manufacturing cluster. To access the solicitation, please go to the MA Comm-Pass site at http://www.comm-pass.com/.
  • The American Association of Community Colleges is offering grants to member community colleges to start a Plus 50 Encore Completion program on their campus.
  • Veterans to Nurses and Physician Assistants Workforce Program: Funding is available to provide education to veterans with prior medical training to become civilian nurses and physician assistants.
  • Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Planning Grant RFP is designed to provide applicants with funds to support planning to address workforce challenges that occur as a result of the requirements of implementing Chapter 224. 
  • Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to be seeking applications from employers, training organizations, labor organizations and intermediaries throughout Massachusetts for grants of up to $250,000 from the Workforce Training Fund General Program for investment in employee training.

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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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