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
- Parties reach deal on workforce act (Russell Berman, The Hill, May 21, 2014).
- State giving community college $2 million for advance manufacturing program (Megan Bard, Boston Business Journal, May 14, 2014).
- Are teen jobs becoming a luxury good? (Ruth Graham, The Boston Globe, May 2, 2014).
- Governor Patrick Announces New Support for Job Training, Employment Readiness Skills For Homeless and Low-Income Families (Mass.gov, April 23, 2014).
Research and Reports
- CTE Pathways to STEM Occupations (Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) at the Education Development Center, Inc., featured at STEM Smart: Pathways to Middle-Skill Occupations and Beyond, May 12, 2014 ).
- To Help Low-Wage Working Women, Make College Affordable (Sarah Labadie, Women Employed, May 5, 2014).
- Workforce Results Matter: The Critical Role of Employment Outcome Data in Improving Transparency of Postsecondary Education and Training (Tim Harmon and Neil Ridley with Rachel Zinn, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP, April 29, 2014).
- The Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults (Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada, Mykhaylo Trubskyy, and Martha Ross, with Walter McHugh and Sheila Palma, Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, March 14, 2014).
- Immigrants as a Potential Source of Growth for New England’s Highly Skilled Workforce (Tara Watson, New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, December 2013).
- The Hidden STEM Economy (Jonathan Rothwell, Metropolitan Policy Prgram at Brookings, June 10, 2014, featured at STEM Smart: Pathways to Middle-Skill Occupations and Beyond, May 12, 2014).
Tools and Resources
- Building Opportunities for Young Adults: A Discussion on Strategies to Support the Newest Generation of Workers at the Aspen Institute: Check out the discussion that occured on May 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.
- Massachusetts Guidelines for Effective Adult Career Pathway (ACP) Programs: A guide put out by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education intended to support Community Adult Learning Centers (CALCs).
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- June 5, 2014: Women for Economic Independence Breakfast – Crittenton Women’s Union.
- June 17-19, 2014: Fourth Annual Meeting: Better Skills, Better Jobs – National Fund for Workforce Solutions (Chicago, IL).
- July 16, 2014, 6:00-7:30: Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Jobs and Opportunity.