Workforce Round Up: March 14-24, 2014

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

This week’s action alert relates to asking MA state representatives to include language supporting pre-apprenticeship training programs in the Transportation Bond Bill (H3882/S2023) as it moves through conference.

PLEASE contact your state representative and ask him or her to speak to House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey, and House conferees: Transportation Chair William Straus, and Representatives Stephen Kulik and Peter Durant about supporting this language in the final Transportation Bond Bill passed by the House-Senate conference committee.

The Senate conferees are: Sens. Tom McGee (D-Lynn), Stephen Brewer (D-Barre) and Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth).  Please also take a moment to ask your Senator to contact Senate conferees in support of this language.

Read the Updated Fact Sheet

Contact your state representative and ask them to support pre-apprenticeship training in the conference committee

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

  • Commonwealth Corporation released the RFP for implementation grants from the Healthcare Workforce Transformation Trust Fund.
  • 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.
  • English for New Bostonians released a new RFP for English for Speakers of Other Languages, Due May 5.
  • MA Executive Office of Administration and Finance released a Pay for Success solicitation for Adult Basic Education Intermediaries.
  • 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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