Welcome to the Workforce Roundup!
Below are workforce news, resources, and updates from the past week.
A few highlights from the past week:
1) Governor Deval Patrick has signed the economic development bill into law! This marks a victory for SkillWorks, the Workforce Solutions Group, the Job Training Alliance, and our other policy advocacy partners. In the area of workforce development, the law includes:
- $12 million for the middle skills job training grant fund to support advanced manufacturing, mechanical and technical skills at vocational-technical schools and community colleges;
- $1.5 million to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) to prepare Massachusetts residents for new jobs in high-demand occupations, helping close the middle-skills gap and creating a seamless pathway to employment;
- $2 million for a Big Data Innovation and Workforce Fund to promote the use of big data, open data and analytics;
- $2 million for the Innovation Institute Fund at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC);
- $1 million talent pipeline program that will provide matching grants aimed at increasing technology and innovation internships, and another $1 million for a start-up mentoring program to connect early-stage entrepreneurs, technology startups and small business with experienced business enterprises and capital financing.
Many thanks to Senate President Therese Murray, Chairwoman Gale Candaras of the Economic Development Committee, Senator Daniel Wolf, other Senate leaders and members, House Chairman of Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Joseph Wagner, Speaker Robert DeLeo and other representatives for supporting job training and workforce development!
2) The Patrick Administration has announced the apparent successful bidders for a $15 million Pay for Success (PFS) initiative. These contracts for funding have been awarded to Jobs for the Future (JFF), Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), and Social Finance to develop and improve Adult Basic Education and ESOL programming, increase access to those programs, and develop pathways to postsecondary education and career success. Congratulations!
3) The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) have released an Invitation to Comment on Implementation of Title II and Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to address any outstanding issues, areas in need of clarification, etc. as the regulations for this law are developed. Comments must be submitted by Friday, August 29, 2014.
There’s lots more below!
Please add anything we missed by submitting a comment.
Workforce in the News
- Deval Patrick signs jobs bill, sends portions of it back to Legislature (Andy Metzger, Boston Herald, August 13, 2014).
- In funding formula, don’t scrimp on community colleges (Patricia A. Gentile, President of North Shore Community College, Letter to the Editor, Boston Globe, August 13, 2014).
- Summer Jobs are Slowly Disappearing (Ben Casselman, FiveThirtyEight blog, August 13, 2014).
- Mayor Marty Walsh talks poverty, minimum wage in Boston (Boston Business Journal, August 13, 2014).
- Massachusetts Announces Apparent Successful Bidders for ‘Pay for Success’ Contracts to Expand Adult Basic Education Training (Patrick Administration Press Release, August 13, 2014).
- Adult education initiative gets boost (Claire McNeill, Boston Globe, August 13, 2014).
- White House Hosts Community Colleges (Inside Higher Ed, August 13, 2014).
- New Commitments to Improve Community College Opportunity (Cecilia Munoz, White House Blog, August 13, 2014).
- The 10 Best-Paying Jobs of 2014 (Adam Auriemma, Wall Street Journal, August 13, 2014).
- How businesses can help close the skills gap (Adecco blog, August 12, 2014).
- June JOLTS Data Show the Labor Market Remains Lukewarm Fire Years into the Recovery Heidi Shierholz (Heidi Shierholz, August 12, 2014).
- New Resources for WIOA Implementation (Alisha Hyslop, ACTE blog, August 12, 2014).
- Can you Fight Poverty by Paying Kids to Go to School? (Glenn Thrush, Politico Magazine, August 12, 2014).
- Data-driven Madness (John Warner, Inside Higher Ed, August 12, 2014).
- Time for a 21st Century Social Contract (Rebecca Vallas, Melissa Boteach, and Shawn Fremstad, Center for American Progress, August 11, 2014).
- Older Adults Can Use Technology to Get Back Into the Workforce (My Computer Career, August 11, 2014).
- Virtual incubators help rural entrepreneurs (Reyna Gobel, Community College Daily, August 11, 2014).
- The Rise of Coding Boot Camp (Robert Duffner, WIRED, August 11, 2014).
- Competencey Based Learning (Sean Hougan, Lambda Solutions, August 8, 2014).
- Construction Industry Missing Key Tool: Skilled Workers (Miles Bryan, NPR, August 6, 2014).
Research and Reports
- Labor Day 2014: Minimum Wage to Rise but Challenges Remain (Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, August, 13, 2014).
- The College Payoff (Anthony P. Carnevale, Stephen J. Rose and Ban Cheah, The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce).
- Uplifting the Whole Child: Using Wraparound Services to Overcome Social Barriers to Learning (Colin A. Jones, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center).
- Strong Field Framework for SIBs (Tracy Palandjian & Jane Hughes, Stanford Social Innovation Review, July 2, 2014).
- All Hands on Deck: Ten Lessons From Early Adopters of Competency Based Education (Patricia A. Book, WCET, May 2014).
Tools and Resources
- O*NET OnLine – tool for career exploration and job analysis for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
- Center for Employability Outcomes at Texas State Technical College – interesting strategy for aligning curriculum with employability competencies.
- MA One-Stop Career Centers.
- Under Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Law, residents can apply for free training to help find a new job!
- US Chamber of Commerce Foundation – Hiring Our Heroes initiative & new tool: Employer Roadmap.
- 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 20, 2014, 3:30-6:00 pm: Boston Career Link’s Summer Job Fair, located at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in Boston.
- Boston Career Link, a one-stop career center operated by Goodwill, will host a Summer Job Fair from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on August 20. More than 20 businesses will participate. Call Boston Career Link at 617-541-1400 for more information.
- 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.
- October 15, 2014 8:30am-4:00pm: 5th Annual MA Jobs and Workforce Summit – “Investing in Talent” at the Devens Commons Conference Center. Stay tuned for more info! You can also check out last year’s program here.
- 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.