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!
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Workforce in the News
- R.I. Senate unveils workforce development plan (Boston Globe, January 22, 2014)
- Patrick budgets $12m to pay for 6,000 summer jobs (Boston Globe, January 20, 2014)
- New leaders have big plans for two Boston community colleges (Boston Globe, January 19, 2014)
- Job Doc: Why are firms reluctant to train new hires? (Boston Globe, January 19, 2014)
- Joanne Goldstein to step down as state labor secretary (Boston Globe, January 18, 2014)
- Jobs Pitchman Takes Labor Department’s Show On the Road (NPR, January 16, 2014)
- The President and First Lady’s Call to Action on College Opportunity (White House press release, January 16, 2014)
- In healthcare, passion counts along with skill (Boston Globe, January 6, 2014)
- Mohegan Sun, labor groups, OK hiring pact (Boston Globe, January 6, 2014)
Research and Reports
- The Good Jobs Strategy (Zeynop Ton)
- Book talk on The Good Jobs Strategy (Aspen Institute, January 17, 2014)
- Uncertain Futures? Youth Attachment to the Labor Market in the United States and New England (New England Public Policy Center research report)
- Time for the U.S. To Reskill: Developing a National Action Plan to Improve the Foundation Skills of U.S. Adults (OVAE Public Consultation Paper, December 2013)
Tools and Resources
- A Preview of the FY2015 State Budget (MassBudget)
- StrategyLabs.LuminaFoundation.org – a new online resource to advance state policy to increase higher education completion
- Recognize Champions of Frontline Health Care Workers – a new initiative of CareerSTAT. Deadline for nominations is January 31, 2014.
- 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.
- January 28, 2014: Understanding Credential Evaluation Webinar (Global Talent Bridge)
- January 31, 2014: Career Planning: Integrating Career Awareness into Workforce and ABE Programming and Advising (Commonwealth Workforce Coalition and SABES Workshop Series for Workforce Development and ABE Practitioners)
- January 31, 2014: Deadline for submitting nominations for Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions (CareerSTAT)
- February 28th, 2014: Developing Contextualized Curriculum: Integrating Literary and Workforce Skills (Commonwealth Workforce Coalition and SABES Workshop Series for Workforce Development and ABE Practitioners)
- April 10, 2014: Disrupting the Poverty Cycle -Crittenton Women’s Union 2nd Annual Conference
- May 1, 2014: Sharing Skills~Building Connections – 11th Annual Commonwealth Workforce Coalition Conference