Workforce Roundup: September, 2014

Welcome to the Workforce Roundup!

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

We’re back! As many of you know, we’ve been in the midst of an executive director transition process, after Loh-Sze Leung moved down to Texas with her family this past summer. But we’re ramping up and preparing to make a very exciting announcement within the coming weeks so stay tuned!!

Til then, please check out all the workforce updates we’ve compiled from September. It’s been a busy month! So please comment with any news, publications, events, etc. we missed!

A few highlights from the month:

1)  The Workforce Solutions Group‘s 5th Annual Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit: Investing In Talent is coming up on Wednesday, October 15, 2014! The 2014 Summit in Devens, MA will feature over 300 key business, labor and education leaders, presenting the latest information about regional job creation efforts, new federal and state resources for  job-driven training, the recently passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and economic development partnerships. The interactive program will feature a CEO keynote, a panel discussion with local mayors and employers, and break out sessions with forecasts from various employment  sectors. REGISTER TODAY! Space is limited!

2)  $15 million Pay for Success Contract: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has selected JVS Boston in partnership with financial intermediary Social Finance and technical assistance provider Jobs for the Future (JFF), to develop the nation’s first-ever Pay for Success bond initiative to deliver Adult Basic Education (ABE) and vocational training services. Congratulations to JVS on this exciting new project! Check out JVS’ CEO Jerry Rubin’s blog post on how Pay for Success Bonds can help close the opportunity gap.

3)  The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) has awarded the National Fund/JFF with a $3 million grant. This will be the fourth grant that National Fund/JFF has received, bringing the total to $15.7 million. This new grant will allow the National Fund to continue funding current qualifying sub-grantees (such as SkillWorks) and consider opening up opportunities for new collaboratives.

4)  ASHHRA 50th Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago: former executive director Loh-Sze Leung represented SkillWorks at this year’s ASHHRA conference at the end of September alongside the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, JVS Boston, and Boston Children’s Hospital to present on our bridge to college model for frontline healthcare workers.

5)  Labor Day 2014: Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Happy Labor Day to American workers!

There’s lots more below!

Please add anything we missed by submitting a comment.

 Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

  • By The Numbers – US Department of Labor News Brief, September 25, 2014.
  • Career Pathways Exchange – an information disseminating service that identifies and distributes relevant news, resources, online discussions, events and tools to all individuals interested in implementing successful career pathways programs.
  • Green Companies are Hiring in MA! – via Massachusetts Green Career Conference.


  • 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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