Weekly Workforce Round Up: February 20-28, 2014

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

This week’s action alert relates to asking MA state senators to co-sponsor Senator Ken Donnelly’s amendment in support of including pre-apprenticeship training programs in the Transportation Bond Bill (H3860).

  • A coalition of community-based organizations and labor is proposing an amendment to the Transportation Bond Bill H3860 for up to $2 million per year for 5 years, or a total of $10 million, to fund pre-apprentice training programs across the state.
  • We estimate that $2 million will enable approximately 300 low-income participants each year to complete pre-apprenticeship training, 80 percent of whom will enter union apprenticeship programs in the building trades.

Read the Fact Sheet

Contact your state senator and ask them to co-sponsor

There’s lots more below.  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 7, 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.
  • Training to Work — Adult Reentry competitive grant program – The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of approximately $30 million through the second round of the Training to Work — Adult Reentry competitive grant program to help men and women participating in a state or local prison work-release programs gain the job skills necessary to succeed in an in-demand occupation upon reintegrating back into society.

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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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