Weekly Workforce Round Up: January 6-22, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Roundup!  Below are this week’s workforce news, resources and updates.  There are lots of good  resources and information below, including a the Governor’s plan to pay for 6,000 summer jobs in the FY15 budget, a new Lumina Foundation online resource to improve state higher education policy, a discussion paper from OVAE on improving US workers’ skills, and a new report from the Fed’s New England Public Policy Center on youth attachment to the labor force.  Read on!

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

Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

Funding Opportunities

  • The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (HED) is pleased to announce 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/.
  • 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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