Workforce Roundup: August 8-14, 2014

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 Groupecondevtbill, 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

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s