Workforce Roundup: July 2014

Welcome to the Workforce Roundup!

Below are workforce news, resources, and updates from the past month.

A few quick highlights from this month:

1) Our 2014 Gubernatorial Forum: Building Massachusetts’ Skills to Compete at Roxbury Community College took place on July 16, 2014 and was a huge success!

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  • Check out NECN’s coverage of the event here.
  • Pictures and video of the event have been posted online!
  • Search #MAJobsForum on Twitter to see live tweets from SkillWorks and others, including direct quotes from the candidates and our testimonial speakers!

2) The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. This law reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) which is 11 years overdue for reauthorization. This law maintains the existing basic structure of WIA, but adds modernizing elements that will ensure federal investment is directed toward producing a skilled workforce through strengthening and improving the national workforce development system.

3) Earlier this month, SkillWorks’ out-going executive director, Loh-Sze Leung wrote a fascinating Huffington Post Blog – Collaborating to Connect People to Work describing our work at SkillWorks over the years. Learn more about SkillWorks’ partnerships and how the role of workforce intermediaries can continue to evolve in ways that inform public and private investments and policy decisions that help workers find training opportunities and meaningful, quality employment, check out the new book Connecting People to Work: Workforce Intermediaries and Sector Strategies!

4) As many of your already know, after 9 wonderful years, our executive director, Loh-Sze Leung has stepped down from her position to move out of state with her family. She will be dearly missed, but we wish her all the best as she embarks on new adventures! To commemorate her and all of her inspiring work in the field of workforce development, we have created the Loh-Sze Leung Fund for SkillWorks Participants: Connecting Participants to Opportunity. This fund will be used for SkillWorks participants who need one time support with education supplies, tuition, child care or transportation expenses.

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To contribute to the Loh-Sze Leung Fund:

  • Make checks out to: The Boston Foundation
  • In the memo line add: SkillWorks Participant Fund
  • Mail to: Fund Administration
                  The Boston Foundation
                  75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor
                  Boston, MA 02116

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

  • Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) Grants. The Workforce Training Fund is a state fund enacted into law in July 1998 and financed entirely by Massachusetts employers. Its purpose is to provide resources to Massachusetts businesses and workers to train current and newly hired employees.
  • 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.



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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