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.
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
- Rep, Obama official tout new job law (Chris Stevens, The Daily Item, August 7, 2014).
- New grads’ first job: Getting one (Willie Burnley Jr. and Nolan McCaskill, Politico, August 6, 2014).
- STEM Researchers: Policies Not Getting Work Done (John C. Nemeth, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, August 6, 2014).
- AIM Urges Governor to Sign Economic Development Bill (Brad MacDougall, AIM Blog, August 6, 2014).
- The Prudential Foundation donates $1.5 million to campaign that helps low-wage workers get better benefits and job advancement (Mary Moore, Boston Business Journal, August 5, 2014).
- Strengthening Employer Confidence Spurs Job Growth (Andre Mayer, AIM Blog, August 5, 2014).
- Transfer IS Workforce (Matt Reed, Inside Higher Ed, August 5, 2014).
- With Passage of WIOA, Adult Learners Still Need “Ability to Benefit” (Rachel Pleasants McDonnell, JFF Blog, August 4, 2014).
- Computer Programming Is a Trade; Let’s Act Like It (Christopher Mims, Wall Street Journal, August 3, 2014).
- Maureen Conway and Robert P. Giloth: A blessing for business (The Gulf Today, August 2, 2014).
- Of cognitive computing and STEM education (Dell Poncet, Philadelphia Business Journal, August 1, 2014).
- Middle class jobs are finally coming back (Tami Luhby, CNN Money, August 1, 2014).
- The Client Assistance Program (CAP): Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living Support (Mass.gov Staff, Mass.gov Blog, August 1, 2014).
- Business Leaders United newsletter (Business Leaders United, August 2014).
- Move Over MOOCs, it’s online, competency time (Michael B. Horn, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, July 31, 2014).
Research and Reports
- Out of Inventory: Skills Shortage Threatens Growth for US Manufacturing (Accenture and the Manufacturing Institute, August, 2014).
- Six Insurance Jobs Affected by Growing Customer Centricity and New Technology (College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, June 2014).
- Pathways to Prosperity Network: A State Progress Report, 2012-2014 (Jobs for the Future, June 2014).
Tools and Resources
- Massachusetts Department of Education’s STEM Pipeline Fund.
- US Department of Housing and Urban Development & US Department of Labor Partnership Toolkit – From The Ground Up: Creating Sustainable Partnerships between Public Housing Authorities and Workforce Investment Boards
- More info can be found on the US Department of Labor’s official blog – Work in Progress: Encouraging Local Partnerships that Help Job Seekers.
- Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution – a minibook by Michelle R. Weise and Clayton Christensen for the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation (July 2014).
- Jobs for the Future’s Postsecondary State Policy – Strengthening State Policies to Advance Postsecondary Success and Careers.
- List(s) of the fastest growing occupations by education level via CareerOneStop.org.
- US Department of Education – Invitation to Participate in the Experimental Sites Initiative.
- 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:
- Building accelerated pathways to employment in high demand sectors (IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, etc.)
- “Skilling Up” low skilled workers using competency-based strategies for successful employment
- 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.
- For more information about SkillWorks’ priorities for this and future funding cycles, please read the application guidelines.
- August 2014: SkillWorks’ quarterly newsletter is coming out soon! Stay tuned!
- August 21, 2014: ACTE Common Core Tests and Career Readiness.
- September 9: MA State Primary – click here for more info!
- September 12, 2014, 2:00-3:00 pm: The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways webinar on their career pathways framework as described in CLASP: Policy Solutions That Work for Low-Income People Shared Vision, Strong Systems: The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework Version 1.0.
- Fall 2014-Feb 2014 Workforce Training Fund information sessions: These 2-hour information session will give an overview of all of the Workforce Training Fund Grant Programs:
- General Program Training Grants – including Consortium Grants
- Express Program Training Grants
- Hiring Incentive Training Grants (HITG)
- Technical Assistance Grants
- October 28, 29, 30: 2014 ACT College and Career Readiness Workshops.