Workforce Roundup: August 1-8, 2014

Welcome to the Workforce Roundup!

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

Reminder: 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

  • 2014 Jobs Madness: JOBS MADNESS is now accepting applications for companies, either for-profit or non-profit with $5 million or less in annual revenue who are working to disrupt the status quo in the following key areas:
    1. Building accelerated pathways to employment in high demand sectors (IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, etc.)
    2. “Skilling Up” low skilled workers using competency-based strategies for successful employment
    3. Innovative technologies disrupting the traditional education to employment model

    The call for applications is NOW OPEN. All submissions must be received by midnight (12:00AM) Pacific Standard Time on Monday September 1, 2014. Any applications received after this date will be automatically disqualified.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SkillWorks Fall 2014 Funding Cycle: SkillWorks will accept proposals for its Fall 2014 funding cycle by invitation only and will not accept unsolicited Letters of Inquiry or proposals. Full proposals will be due on November 1.



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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