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
- Where the jobs are: The new blue collar (Mary Jo Webster, USA Today, September 30, 2014).
- Experts Declare ‘Good Jobs Are No Longer an Afterthought’ in Transportation Spending (Jobs to Move America, Mass Transit Magazine, September 30, 2014).
- FACT SHEET: Vice President Biden Announces Recipients of $450 Million of Job-Driven Training Grants (Office of the Vice President, The White House, September 29, 2014).
- Want proof college is worth it? Look at this list of the highest-paying majors (Jeff Guo, The Washington Post, September 29, 2014).
- How do we create manufacturing jobs in MA? (Scott Kirsner, The Boston Globe, September 26, 2014).
- $14.8M in grants announced by US Labor Department to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities – Massachussets Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development awarded $2.5M of this funding (US Department of Labor News Release, September 25, 2014).
- US to train veterans to install solar panels (Associated Press, The Berkshire Eagle, September 18, 2014).
- World Education marks Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (World Education, September 17, 2014).
- Schools’ wait lists called a drag on the economy (Megan Woolhouse, The Boston Globe, September 15, 2014).
- Why not having a college degree is a bigger barrier than it used to be (Lydia DePillis, The Washington Post, September 11, 2014).
- Nuts & Bolts: A New Ecosystem for Workforce Development (Amy Orr, The F.B. Heron Foundation, September 10, 2014).
- Expanding technology education to turn the tide of rising youth unemployment (Lori Forte Harnick, Microsoft Blog, September 10, 2014).
- 5 lessons for preparing students for manufacturing careers (Toni Neary, SmartBlog on Education, September 9, 2014).
- Opportunity Nation Youth Employment Series (Russell Krumnow, Opportunity Nation, September 5, 2014).
- Millennials aren’t changing jobs as much. That’s a big problem for the economy. (Jeff Guo, The Washington Post, September 4, 2014).
- The Secret Class at Harvard’s Teaching Hospital (Esther Shein, edSurge, September 2, 2014).
- Summer Jobs Program introduces local high school students to the healthcare industry (Brigham and Womens Faulkner Hospital, September 2014).
- Frontline Health Care Worker Champions Recognition Program accepting nominations! (National Fund for Workforce Solutions, September 2014).
- National Skills Coalition September E-News
- September Workforce Updates via the Workforce Solutions Group (September 2014).
Research and Reports
- From Classroom to Employment: Who is hired in Boston’s Healthcare Sector? (Boston Healthcare Careers Consortium, and initiative of the Boston Private Industry Council, September 2014).
- Catching Up: Greater Focus Needed to Achieve a More Competitive Infrastructure (National Association of Manufacturers, September 2014).
- Moving the Goalposts: How Demand for a Bachelor’s Degree is Reshaping the Workforce (Burning Glass Technologies, September 2014).
- Performance Funding for Higher Education: Forms, Origins, Impacts, and Futures (Kevin Dougherty, Sosanya Jones, Hana Lahr, Rebecca Natow, Lara Pheatt, and Vikash Reddy, Community College Research Center at Columbia University, September 2014).
- Connecting Youth and Strengthening Communities: The Data Behind Civic Engagement and Economic Opportunity (Opportunity Nation, September 2014).
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Workforce Programs (Alicia Mazzara and Gabe Horwitz, Third Way, July 2014).
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.
- In partnership with the Boston Opportunity Agenda and the Boston Private Industry Council the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative has announced the Connection Center Request for Proposals.
- Check out the proposal timeline here.
- Proposals due October 15, 2014.
- CTE Funding Spotlight: Back to School Grant Opportunities
- Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Due October 15, 2014
- State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants Due October 31, 2014
- Farmers Insurance Thank a Million Teachers Due October 31, 2014
- 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.
- October 1, 2014, 2:00-3:00pm: US Dept of Labor Webinar – Paving the Way for Women in Construction: Creating Systems and Supports that Work
- October 3, 2014: National Manufacturing Day events throughout Massachusetts!
- Manufacturers Career Fair 9:00am-4:00pm hosted by the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce (Fitchburg, MA)
- Quinsigamond Community College MFG Day Events, 9:00am-2:00pm (Worcester, MA)
- Mount Wachusett Community College – Advanced Manufacturing Career Expo, 11:00am-1:00pm (Devens, MA)
- And many more!
- October 4, 2014: Facility Tours/Presentations hosted by the Massachusetts Community Colleges Transformation Agenda, 8:00am-4:00pm (various locations across MA).
- October 7, 2014, 5:30pm-7:00pm: Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) event – 50 Years of WOW: Third Event in WOW’s Book Series
- She Was One of us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker by Brigid O’Farrell
- October 8, 2014, 9:00am-11:30am: Improving High-Skill Immigration Policy for New England: A regional perspective on demand for H-1B visas and an exploration of potential policy improvements. Hosted by the Boston Fed’s New England Public Policy Center.
- REGISTER HERE by October 3, 2014. Space is limited.
- Fall 2014 – National College Transition Network Webinar Series: Focus on Science.
- October 14, 3:00-4:00: Global Talent Bridge webinar: Connecting with Model Programs to Serve Skilled Immigrants.
- October 15, 2014 8:30am-4:00pm: 5th Annual MA Jobs and Workforce Summit – “Investing in Talent”at the Devens Commons Conference Center. REGISTER TODAY! Space is limited!
- 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.