Major Investment in Boston’s Talent Pipeline Announced at TechHire Boston’s 3rd IT/Tech Forum!

3rdtechforumaudienceCo-conveners of the TechHire Boston employer consortium, SkillWorks and the Boston Private Industry Council (Boston PIC), hosted the third and final IT/Tech forum on Monday, June 19th, 2017. The Greater Boston education and workforce development community gathered with IT/tech industry leaders in a packed space at District Hall to discuss strategies to engage and prepare local talent to meet the growing demand for IT/tech professionals. Mayor Walsh and the Boston Foundation’s Paul Grogan also joined us to announce unprecedented new investments in workforce development to grow the pool of talent and raise the level of candidate preparation from high school through college and into career. Check out the press release below for more information!

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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.

Funding

  • 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.

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Workforce Roundup: August 14-24, 2014

Welcome to the Workforce Roundup!

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

A couple highlights from the past week:

1) Skillworks’ Summer 2014 Newsletter is out! If you haven’t already seen it, check it out for all the latest SkillWorks updates, workforce development news and resources, policy updates and more! If you have already seen the newsletter, it’s worth another look!

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US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez delivering remarks at the National Fund’s Fourth Annual Meeting.

2) The National Fund for Workforce Solutions has posted photos and meeting resources and materials from their 4th Annual Meeting: Better Skills, Better Jobs. Click here to learn more about the National Fund, and all the vital workforce development issues that were raised at this year’s meeting! Watch a video about the meeting here!

There’s lots more below!

Please add anything we missed by submitting a comment.

 Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

Funding Opportunities

  • 2014 Jobs Madness: JOBS MADNESS is now accepting applications for companies, either for-profit or non-profit with $5 million or less in annual revenue who are working to disrupt the status quo in the following key areas:
  1. Building accelerated pathways to employment in high demand sectors (IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, etc.)
  2. “Skilling Up” low skilled workers using competency-based strategies for successful employment
  3. Innovative technologies disrupting the traditional education to employment model

The call for applications is NOW OPEN. All submissions must be received by midnight (12:00AM) Pacific Standard Time on Monday September 1, 2014. Any applications received after this date will be automatically disqualified.

  • 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.

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Workforce Roundup: August 8-14, 2014

Welcome to the Workforce Roundup!

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

A few highlights from the past week:

1) Governor Deval Patrick has signed the economic development bill into law! This marks a victory for SkillWorks, the Workforce Solutions Groupecondevtbill, the Job Training Alliance, and our other policy advocacy partners. In the area of workforce development, the law includes:

  • $12 million for the middle skills job training grant fund to support advanced manufacturing, mechanical and technical skills at vocational-technical schools and community colleges;
  • $1.5 million to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) to prepare Massachusetts residents for new jobs in high-demand occupations, helping close the middle-skills gap and creating a seamless pathway to employment;
  • $2 million for a Big Data Innovation and Workforce Fund to promote the use of big data, open data and analytics;
  • $2 million for the Innovation Institute Fund at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC);
  • $1 million talent pipeline program that will provide matching grants aimed at increasing technology and innovation internships, and another $1 million for a start-up mentoring program to connect early-stage entrepreneurs, technology startups and small business with experienced business enterprises and capital financing.

Many thanks to Senate President Therese Murray, Chairwoman Gale Candaras of the Economic Development Committee, Senator Daniel Wolf,  other Senate leaders and members, House Chairman of Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Joseph Wagner, Speaker Robert DeLeo and other representatives for supporting job training and workforce development!

 2) The Patrick Administration has announced the apparent successful bidders for a $15 million Pay for Success (PFS) initiative. These contracts for funding have been awarded to Jobs for the Future (JFF), Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), and Social Finance to develop and improve Adult Basic Education and ESOL programming, increase access to those programs, and develop pathways to postsecondary education and career success. Congratulations!

3) The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) have released an Invitation to Comment on Implementation of Title II and Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to address any outstanding issues, areas in need of clarification, etc. as the regulations for this law are developed. Comments must be submitted by Friday, August 29, 2014.

There’s lots more below!

Please add anything we missed by submitting a comment.

 Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

Funding Opportunities

  • 2014 Jobs Madness: JOBS MADNESS is now accepting applications for companies, either for-profit or non-profit with $5 million or less in annual revenue who are working to disrupt the status quo in the following key areas:
  1. Building accelerated pathways to employment in high demand sectors (IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, etc.)
  2. “Skilling Up” low skilled workers using competency-based strategies for successful employment
  3. Innovative technologies disrupting the traditional education to employment model

The call for applications is NOW OPEN. All submissions must be received by midnight (12:00AM) Pacific Standard Time on Monday September 1, 2014. Any applications received after this date will be automatically disqualified.

  • 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.

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Workforce Roundup: August 1-8, 2014

Welcome to the Workforce Roundup!

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

Reminder: As many of your already know, after 9 wonderful years, our executive director, Loh-Sze Leung has stepped down from her position to move out of state with her family. She will be dearly missed, but we wish her all the best as she embarks on new adventures! To commemorate her and all of her inspiring work in the field of workforce development, we have created the Loh-Sze Leung Fund for SkillWorks Participants: Connecting Participants to Opportunity. This fund will be used for SkillWorks participants who need one time support with education supplies, tuition, child care or transportation expenses.

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To contribute to the Loh-Sze Leung Fund:

  • Make checks out to: The Boston Foundation
  • In the memo line add: SkillWorks Participant Fund
  • Mail to: Fund Administration
                  The Boston Foundation
                  75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor
                  Boston, MA 02116

There’s lots more below!

Please add anything we missed by submitting a comment.

 Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

Funding Opportunities

  • 2014 Jobs Madness: JOBS MADNESS is now accepting applications for companies, either for-profit or non-profit with $5 million or less in annual revenue who are working to disrupt the status quo in the following key areas:
    1. Building accelerated pathways to employment in high demand sectors (IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, etc.)
    2. “Skilling Up” low skilled workers using competency-based strategies for successful employment
    3. Innovative technologies disrupting the traditional education to employment model

    The call for applications is NOW OPEN. All submissions must be received by midnight (12:00AM) Pacific Standard Time on Monday September 1, 2014. Any applications received after this date will be automatically disqualified.

  • 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.

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