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
- The Future of Work: Can We Make Work Better? (Maureen Conway, Huffington Post Blog, July 2, 1014).
- A ‘Lost Generation of Workers’: The Cost of Youth Unemployment (Will Stone, WGBH, July 2, 2014).
- America’s Infrastructure Needs the Next Generation of Workers (
- 7 in 10 Employees Value Skills Training More than Degrees; Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey (Q2 2014) (Glassdoor, July 2, 2014).
- The Hardest Roles to Hire For (Walter Frick, Harvard Business Review, July 2, 2014).
- Commerce Co-Hosts Business and Community Partnerships Summit in Denver, Colorado (Commerce.gov, July 1, 2014).
- Employers find voice in skills gap discussion (Scott Ellsworth of Business Leaders United, National Skills Coalition Blog, June 30, 2014).
- Leadership Spotlight: Loh-Sze Leung (Ashley Shaw, National Skills Coalition Blog, June 27, 2014).
- Social Impact Bonds, In Graphic Form (Ariella Cohen, Next City, June 26, 2014).
- Hillary Clinton to announce youth jobs push (Associated Press, Politico, June 24, 2014).
- Empowerment Through Technology: A Journey (Microsoft Citizenship Team, Microsoft Corporate Citizenship Blog, June 24, 2014).
- Surprising Findings on Two-Year vs. Four-Year Degrees (Mark Peters and Douglas Belkin, The Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2014).
- Five Keys to Attracting Top Talent (Barbara North, AIM Blog, June 24, 2014).
- Is a college degree still worth it? Study says yes (Joseph Pisani, Bloomberg Business Week, June 24, 2014).
- A way to better pay, benefits, and workplace flexibility: Unions (Nicole Woo, The Hill, June 23, 2014).
- #SoCanU Story: A first generation college grad earns six degrees (CommunityCollegeSucecss.com, June 23, 2014).
- JP Morgan’s ‘The Fellowship Initiative’ helps disadvantaged high schoolers graduate, get into top colleges (Rich Schapiro, NY Daily News, June 21, 2014).
- Partnering to advance youth-led community sustainability and green jobs (Dorothy Stoneman, June 20, 2014).
Research and Reports
- Still Searching: Job Vacancies and STEM Skills (Jonathan Rothwell, Brookings Institution, July 1, 2014).
- US Economic Development Authority 2013 Annual Report (US Department of Commerce, June 25, 2014).
- Middle Skill Spotlight (Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), June 2014).
- Communicating Assessment Results (ACT, June 2014).
- Manufacturing Since the Great Recession (Jessica R. Nicholson and Ryan Noonan, US Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, June 10, 2014).
Tools and Resources
- ASCD’s Newest PD Online Courses Focus on STEM, Technology, and the Common Core.
- Career OneStop’s Business Center enables employers to find data comparing skill requirements, salaries, typical education, etc. of positions they wish to hire for.
- Massachusetts Adult Basic Ed Directory.
- Career Action Resources: Best Practice Self Assessments for Job Search & Reemployment Planning.
- National Fund for Workforce Solutions Annual Meeting 2014: Better Skills Better Jobs (June 17-19)
- 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 (Ken.Barnes@boston.gov) for more information
- July 8, 2014: An Untapped Resource: Understanding SNAP E&T – National Skills Coalition.
- July 9 or September 16, 2014: Gaining Credit for Technical Skill Work Experience webinars – NOCTI Business Solutions.
- July 16, 2014: Middle Skills Webinar – EMSI.
- July 16, 2014, 6:00-7:30: Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Jobs and Opportunity. RSVP Today!