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!
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
- Why Robots Might Not Take Our Jobs After All: They Lack Common Sense (Neil Irwin, The New York Times, August 22, 2014).
- The hunt for talent (Jay Fitzgerald, Boston Business Journal, August 22, 2014).
- What Will it Take to Close the Opportunity Gap? (Warren Simmons, WBUR, August 22, 2014).
- Creating Policy Environments that Support Integrated Career Pathways (Alexandra Waugh, JFF, August 20, 2014).
- Q&A with Labor Secretary Perez on how to produce better-paying jobs (Tiffany Hsu, Chris Kirkham, LA Times, August 19, 2014).
- Volkswagen brings German style vocational training to the US (Blake Farmer, Marketplace, August 19, 2014).
- New Study Shows Gap in Specific STEM Skills (Eliza Krigman, US News, August 19, 2014).
- WIA Opinions:
- Seeking New Start: Finding Steep Cost: Workforce Investment Act Leaves Many Jobless and in debt (Timothy Williams, NY Times, August 17, 2014).
- A Case of Mistaken Identity: the New York Times Mixes up Higher Education and Workforce Development (Mary Alice McCarthy, Ed Central, August 18, 2014).
- The National College Degree (Paul J. LeBlanc, Inside Higher Ed, August 18, 2014).
- What’s good for labor can also boost the bottom line (Thomas E. Perez, LA Daily News Opinion, August 18, 2014).
- The Economist Explains: Three Types of Unemployment (C.W., The Economist, August 17, 2014).
- Better paying jobs stage a comeback (Ylan Q. Mui, Washington Post, August 17, 2014).
- More Jobs Are Open, but They’re Filling Slowly (Floyd Norris, NY Times, August 15, 2014).
- Postsecondary Success Strategies for Opportunity Youth (Andrea Barnes, CLASP blog, August 14, 2014).
- Paying for what works, when it works (Michele Jolin and Michael Smith, The Hill, August 14, 2014).
- Is a lack of skilled workers hurting the labor market? (John Aziz, The Week, August 14, 2014).
- New Federal Reserve Study Reveals High Poverty Levels in New England’s Suburbs (RadioBoston, August 14, 2014).
- How US states can get small businesses growing (again) (Karen Mills, Fortune Magazine, August 14, 2014).
- Secretary Perez on the Road (US Department of Labor, August 2014).
Research and Reports
- The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) – Driving Innovation, Collaboration, and Performance (National Association of Workforce Boards and Public Consulting Group, August 2014).
- NFIB Small Business Economic Trends (William C. Dunkelberg and Holly Wade, National Federation of Independent Businesses, August 2014).
- Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Year Three Annual Report (2012-2013) (Nathan Dietz, Nathan Sick, Pamela Loprest, Alan Werner, HPOG Program, July 2014).
Tools and Resources
- Workforce Solutions Group’s overview of the 2014 Growth and Opportunity Act.
- National Fund for Workforce Solutions’ latest Brochure, “Broadening Reach, Deepening Impact: 2003-2013.”
- Connections – CareerOneStop’s quarterly e-update.
- August 2014 Legislative Post-Game Webinar – How did the MA legislative session turn out for employers?
- The Skills Gap Infographic.
- 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 21-September 15, 2014: US Dept. of Labor WIOA Implementation Webinars
- 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.