Sustained Funding Needed For Training To Meet State’s Skilled Labor Needs

The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund delivers the best bang for the State’s buck, so let’s fund it!

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According to a recent survey, two thirds of employers in Massachusetts have trouble finding workers with the right skills. That’s not surprising when you consider that one in three adults in our state have only a high school diploma or less. Not to mention, nearly one third of the state’s labor force is over the age of 55 and will be retiring soon. These are among the realities that combine to create a perfect storm, threatening the stability our statewide economy.

The good news is that Massachusetts has two funding mechanisms to help address these issues: the Workforce Training Fund (WTF), a $22M fund supported by employer-backed contributions from Unemployment Insurance for incumbent worker training, and the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF), a proven sector-based training model that has served hundreds of employers with qualified talent. The bad news: funding for both has decreased over the years, and only one of these has a sustained annual funding stream. Continue reading “Sustained Funding Needed For Training To Meet State’s Skilled Labor Needs”

SkillWorks Welcomes 2018 Grantees!

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2018 is here and somehow we’re already one month down!? We’ve had a flurry of new and exciting endeavors going on here at SkillWorks, and even more to share from our partners and friends throughout our network! Before we launch into the rest of this season’s latest news, we’d first like to welcome our newest 2018 grantees — some old, some new, all doing exciting and important work!

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Boston Selected to Participate in National Job Quality Initiative

Boston will assist local healthcare and food service employers in improving hiring, retention, and engagement of frontline workers.

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Boston will assist local healthcare and food service employers in improving hiring, retention, and engagement of frontline workers.

Boston, MA (January 17, 2018) – The National Fund for Workforce Solutions announced that it is awarding $100,000 to Boston- based SkillWorks and Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), to advance job quality strategies in the healthcare and “fast-casual” dining industries. The grants, made possible through The Prudential Foundation, will enable local employers to incorporate new business practices that will improve their competitiveness and result in better jobs for workers. SkillWorks was chosen from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions network of more than 30 communities to lead this innovative program. The selected communities— Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, and Hartford—will develop and share successful approaches to improving the quality of frontline positions.

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Boston-Based Cybersecurity Bootcamp Launches and Begins Recruiting for Inaugural Class

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CyberWarrior Academy (CWA) is a NEW cybersecurity workforce development and training program from Advoqt Technology Group, that delivers field-ready information security talent. The training is intensive, hands-on, and delivered by cybersecurity practitioners with day-to-day exposure to the rapidly changing threat landscape. CWA will address the growing demand for qualified cybersecurity talent while also creating long-lasting career opportunity for IT professionals currently in entry and mid-level technical roles. The inaugural class kicks off in March 2018!

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Hack.Diversity Fellow Explains the Importance of Post-Interview Thank You Emails

1 thing you MUST do after every job interview, according to former Hack.Diversity fellow and HubSpot intern, Rizel Bobb-Semple

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Rizel Bobb-Semple, former Hack.Diversity fellow, HubSpot intern and featured participant on SkillWorks’ blog, (and all-around superstar) has recently penned an article for the HubSpot Careers Blog on why it is SO important to follow up every job interview with a thank you email. She even includes a template for anyone in need of a place to start! Continue reading to discover her spot-on and musically-inspired tips…

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