Photos from the Skills2Compete MA Gubernatorial Forum

Skills2Compete MA Gubernatorial Forum

All candidates to appear at Skills2Compete Forum on September 28

Charlie Baker, Timothy Cahill, Deval Patrick and Jill Stein are all confirmed to attend the Skills2Compete Gubernatorial Candidates’ Forum on September 28 at Bunker Hill Community College.

The forum, which will be held from 4 pm to 5:30 pm, will feature remarks from all the candidates on their plans to address the critical concerns of job creation, unemployment and job training, which have been central issues in the  2010 gubernatorial campaign.

Peter Howe (NECN) will moderate, and Curt Nickisch (WBUR), George Donnelly (Boston Business Journal) and Shirley Leung (Boston Globe) will ask questions of the candidates.

Register now to attend.

This forum would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors:

Associated Industries of Massachusetts; The Hyams Foundation, Inc.; The National Skills Coalition; and State Street Corporation.

Up and coming middle-skill jobs and training

In the wake of our release of the Massachusetts’ Forgotten Middle Skill Jobs report, many people have asked if we can tell them more about middle-skill jobs in the Commonwealth, especially where these jobs are growing and where training is available.

As we launch into the new academic year, I thought it would be fitting to highlight a new middle-skill training program being developed at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) in Boston’s South End.

Recently, The National Science Foundation awarded BFIT a grant of more than $360,000 to expand its Automotive Technology program to include a two-year program in Alternative Fuel Vehicle Operations and Maintenance. The program trains students to work as technicians in the growing hybrid vehicle industry.

The hybrid vehicle industry is a prime example of where middle skill jobs–those that require more than a high schools diploma but less than a four year degree–will boom in the years to come. This industry is expected to flourish as more drivers choose eco-friendly and “green” cars. Yet, most auto shops do not have certified hybrid technicians and are not ready for hybrid vehicles.

This new program at BFIT has the potential to be a concrete example of the types of partnerships, pathways, and proportionate investment that the Skills2Compete MA campaign recommends:
•    Partnerships with employers are informing the curriculum and program design;
•    Investment, from the NSF in this case, will assist in developing the curriculum;
•    The Skills2Compete campaign would just encourage the development of Pathways as part of this program in order to ensure that traditionally under-represented populations, the unemployed, and lower-skilled and lower-income workers have the opportunity and support necessary to complete the training and obtain middle-skill employment.

Click here to learn more about the new BFIT alternative fuel vehicle operations and maintenance program.

SkillWorks, Workforce Solutions Group release Massachusetts Forgotten Middle Skill Jobs Report

Did you know that through 2016, nearly 400,000 job openings in Massachusetts will require more than a high school education but not a four-year degree? These “middle-skill” jobs comprise 45 percent of the jobs in Massachusetts and are a vital part of our economy. Read more by downloading Massachusetts’ Forgotten Middle Skill Jobs, a report released today by SkillWorks and the Workforce Solutions Group in partnership with the National Skills Coalition.

See also today’s Boston Globe story.

Do you have a story about middle-skill training or jobs?  Please share it with us!

400,000 Middle Skill Job Openings in MA?

Today’s Boston Globe article, “Training needed for mid-level jobs,” features finding from Massachusetts’ Forgotten Middle Skill Jobs, a new report released by SkillWorks, the Workforce Solutions Group and the National Skills Coalition today.

Along with the study, SkillWorks and partners are launching the Skills2Compete Massachusetts campaign with recommendations on how to better prepare our workforce for these middle-skill jobs that will comprise nearly 40 percent of job openings through 2016.

What are you doing to help people prepare for middle skill jobs?  Share your ideas on this blog and let us know!