Workforce Roundup: August 14-24, 2014

Welcome to the Workforce Roundup!

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

A couple highlights from the past week:

1) Skillworks’ Summer 2014 Newsletter is out! If you haven’t already seen it, check it out for all the latest SkillWorks updates, workforce development news and resources, policy updates and more! If you have already seen the newsletter, it’s worth another look!

US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez delivering remarks at the National Fund’s Fourth Annual Meeting.

2) The National Fund for Workforce Solutions has posted photos and meeting resources and materials from their 4th Annual Meeting: Better Skills, Better Jobs. Click here to learn more about the National Fund, and all the vital workforce development issues that were raised at this year’s meeting! Watch a video about the meeting here!

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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