Workforce Roundup: June 23 – July 3, 2014

Welcome to the Workforce Roundup! Below are workforce news, resources and updates from the past couple weeks.

A few quick highlights for this week:

1) Our 2014 Gubernatorial Forum: Building Massachusetts’ Skills to Compete is now less than a month away! RSVP today to join us at Roxbury Community College on July 16 to hear what the Massachusetts Gubernatorial candidates have to say about jobs and workforce development!

2) The US Senate has passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) bipartisan, bicameral legislation to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)! Check out more info on the National Skills Coalition’s website, and also ways you can take action to help move this legislation along!!

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

  • Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success Grants will provide up to $11.2 million in grants to eligible nonprofit organizations and city and state governments seeking to advance and evaluate emerging models that align payment for social services with verified social outcomes.
    • Notice of intent to apply due: July 15, 2014
    • Application Deadline: July 31, 2014
  • Workforce Training Fund to award money to employers to help them train employees, enhance skills, and learn new skills. Click here to learn more!
  • 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.
  • The Economist and the Lumina Foundation has announced they will be awarding $10,000 to at least one submission to their Challenge: Bridge the Gap Between the Workforce and Higher Education. Submissions due by July 25, 2014.
  • City of Boston Neighborhood Jobs Trust  & JCS (RFP) for job training services. Programs funded through this RFP will provide low and moderate income adult Boston residents with training that leads to employment. A bidders’ conference will be held on June 26th at 10:00 AM in the Commonwealth Salon of the Copley Library, 700 Boylston Street; potential applicants are encouraged to attend.
    • Letters of Intent due: July 1, 2014
    • Proposals due: July 31, 2014, by 5:00pm
    • Contact Ken Barnes ( for more information




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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