Workforce Roundup: May 23, 2014

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

A couple quick highlights for this week:

1) Congratulations to SkillWorks partners Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital for being recognized as 2014 CareerSTAT Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions! To learn more about CareerSTAT and their Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions recognition program click here.

2) Loh-Sze Leung will be stepping down from her position as Executive Director of SkillWorks, as her husband accepts a new job, and her family relocates out of state.

  • Since her arrival in 2005, Loh-Sze grew SkillWorks from a nascent TBF initiative to a nationally recognized workforce development intermediary and funder collaborative that addresses the twin goals of helping low income individuals attain family supporting jobs and businesses find skilled workers.
  • The position description for SkillWorks Executive Director has been posted on TBF’s website.  Please check it out and feel free to forward this to interested candidates.

There’s lots more below! Please add anything we missed by submitting a comment.

Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

Funding Opportunities

  • Common Impact is now accepting applications for capacity building projects which will begin in early 2014. Common Impact hopes to make a decision within the next few weeks and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
    • Click here to learn more about how to apply, and to access the application.
  • Commonwealth Corporation has announced the Workforce Training Fund Program Regional Training Capacity Pilot RFP.
    • Questions about the Request for Proposals will be accepted in writing from May 1, 2014 through June 9, 2014 via email to: Theresa Rowland, at
  • Department of Labor (DOL) has announced $53 million in funding available through the Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF). Applications are due by June 18, 2014, and grants will be awarded in September 2014. More information can be found on the National Skills Coalition website.



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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