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.
There’s lots more below. Please add anything we missed by using the “comments” field.
Workforce in the News
- SkillWorks gets $150,000 grant (Boston Herald, February 27, 2014)
- SkillWorks Grants $773K to Eight Boston Nonprofits (MassNonprofit.org, February 27, 2014)
- Boston 4th for income gap between rich and poor (Boston Globe, February 22, 2014)
- Nonprofits founded to help one immigrant group reach out to others (Boston Globe, February 20, 2014)
- New school of thought for teaching medical device skills (Boston Globe, The Podium, February 4, 2014)
Research and Reports
- Making it Worth the Stay: Findings from the New England Learner Persistence Project (World Education, February 2014)
- A Plan for Building Skilled Workers and Strong Families through the Massachusetts TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children) Program (Crittenton Women’s Union, February 2014)
- The Rising Cost of Not Going to College (Pew Research, February 2014)
- Beyond the GED: Moving High School Dropouts to College (MDRC, January 2014)
- Tackling the Long-term Unemployment Crisis (National Employment Law Project, January 2014)
- Low-income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a better economic future (Working Poor Families Project, Winter 2013-14)
Tools and Resources
- A new MBTA map shows how long it actually takes to travel between stations (BostInno)
- It’s America Saves Week! US DOL is highlighting resources to help young workers save for a strong financial future.
- FREE Financial Coaching, courtesy of MassSaves – a new resource connects MA residents to free one to one financial coaching on a variety of topics.
- Tips on Coaching for College Success (SkillWorks and Success Boston, Webinar Slides)
- 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 has been extended to the end of February!
- 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.
- April 4, 2014: Network 2014 – Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education Annual conference
- April 10, 2014: WSG_YouthPathwaysFlyer – Workforce Solutions Group
- 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