$24M for the Workforce Training Fund in FY2011

Thanks to everyone who called their Senators asking them to override the Governor’s veto of $12.5 million for the Workforce Training Fund.

Thanks to you, and to the members of the legislature, the override was successful, and there will be a total of $24 million in the Workforce Training Fund in FY2011.  This funding will be available to businesses for grants to support training including skills upgrading, basic skills, and ESOL.

Learn more about the Workforce Training Fund.

Ask the Senate to support veto override of Workforce Training Fund

Call for Senate support for the Workforce Training Fund

Last Tuesday, the House restored $12.5 million to the Workforce Training Fund in the FY2011 budget that was vetoed by Gov. Deval Patrick.   Now we need the Senate to do the same.

Full funding for the Workforce Training Fund is one of the Skills2Compete-Massachusetts campaign’s key recommendations.

Contact your state senator TODAY to let them know you support an override.

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!

Have you endorsed the Skills2Compete Massachusetts Campaign?

SkillWorks, the Workforce Solutions Group, and the National Skills Coalition are launching the Skills2Compete-Massachusetts campaign this week.  Have you endorsed?

The Skills2Compete Massachusetts vision is:

Every Massachusetts resident should have access to at least two years of education or training past high school so that they have the vocational credential, industry certification or Associates Degree needed to succeed in today’s economy. Residents should also have access to the basic skills, support and financial aid needed to pursue such education.

Endorse today and join the growing list of supporters!