Weekly Workforce Round Up: February 4-February 19, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Roundup!  Below is the last two weeks of workforce news, resources and updates.

This week we’re leading with an Action Alert, courtesy of our friends at the National Skills Coalition:

After more than a year of calling on Congress to undo harmful sequestration cuts, they finally listened and partially restored funding for workforce development programs for fiscal year (FY) 2014. Now, we need your help again so federal workforce programs get the largest possible allocation. Sign the Skills Coalition’s letter to appropriators on the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittees asking them for a FY 2015 302(b) allocation at the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion and to end sequestration.


There’s lots more below, including great articles and reports featuring the work of some of our partners, Crittenton Women’s Union, JVS, the Workforce Solutions Group, and MCAN.  Please add anything we missed by using the “comments” field.

Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

Funding Opportunities

  • SkillWorks is accepting Letters of Inquiry for its June funding cycle.  Deadline to submit is March 1, 2014.  Application information can be found on the SkillWorks website.
  • 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.
  • Ready to Work Partnerships – This federal initiative will utilize approximately $150 million in revenues from the H-1B visa program to support high performing partnerships between employers, non-profit organizations and the public workforce system that will help provide long-term unemployed individuals with the range of services, training, and access they need to fill middle and high-skill jobs. USDOL expects that a solicitation for applications for these grants will be available in February and awards will be made in mid-2014.  The SGA was released on February 19, and more information can be found here.

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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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