Ask Your Representatives to Co-Sponsor Key Amendments for Job Training and Youth Jobs!

The Current FY17 House Ways and Means budget would CUT job training, career readiness and employment programs for youth and adults.

Help us stop that from happening! To ensure funding for these critical programs, please contact your representatives and urge them to support and co-sponsor these amendments:

Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (7002-1065)
Supports sector based job training partnerships with employers, community colleges, unions, CBO’s one stops, and workforce investment boards.
Funded last year at $2.21 and recommended in the Governor’s budget at $4 million.
Amendment to increase from $0 in House Ways and Means to $4 million.
Lead sponsor – Representative Joseph Wagner – contact Rory.O’ to sign on as a co-sponsor or call 617-722-2370.

YouthWorks (7002-0012)
For summer and year round jobs for At Risk Youth.  Funded last year at $11.7 million; House 2 recommending $11.5 million.  With the increase in minimum wage, level funding will cut about 500 jobs.
Amendment to increase House W & M from $9 million to $13.4 million.  
Lead sponsor – Representative John Scibak
 – contact or 617-722-2030.

School to Career Connecting Activities (7027-0019)
Critical to career and college readiness for students in 195 rural and urban communities.   Funded last year at $3.02 million, recommended in Governor’s budget at $5.4 million.
Amendment to increase from $1 million in House W & M to $5.4 million.  
Lead sponsor – Representative Alice Peisch –
 contact or 617-722-2070.

Please call your Reps today to co-sponsor these amendments!
Click here to find your legislator.

To learn more about these key investments and how you can help our advocacy efforts, contact the Workforce Solutions Group at 617-263-3344.

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Learn More:

[Report] Job Training Works, Pays and Saves: An Economic Impact Study on Outcomes of Job Training (January 2016)

[Op Ed] Boston Business Journal Viewpoint: Job training works for Massachusetts 

(Eric H. Schultz, President and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care)


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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