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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