Funder’s Corner: The Clowes Fund

A decade with SkillWorks

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“The Clowes Fund, a family foundation, seeks to enhance the common good by encouraging organizations and projects that help to build a just and equitable society, create opportunities for initiative, foster creativity and the growth of knowledge, and promote appreciation of the natural environment.” This mission has guided The Clowes Fund for nearly two decades. Ten years ago, The Clowes Fund articulated its specific interest in assuring that all individuals have available the support and services necessary to enable them to participate fully in the economic life of their communities. SkillWorks has been part of our strategy since then.

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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”

Alliance for Vocational Technical Education (AVTE) Calls for Increased Investment by State in Career and Technical Education

Screen Shot 2018-03-02 at 1.42.08 PM.pngMarch 2, 2018: A broad, statewide coalition of business, education, and community groups, including SkillWorks and advocacy partners with the Workforce Solutions Group, convened at the State House on Friday to urge the Governor and Legislature to redouble their efforts to expand access and boost funding for career and technical education (CTE) in Massachusetts.

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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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Funder’s Corner: Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation

 

 

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Starting with this blog post, SkillWorks is beginning a feature called the Funders’ Corner. This month we have asked the Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation to share a few thoughts:

Our mission has always been focused on one societal problem – wealth inequality, but the specifics of our projects have evolved as we have learned more and as the environment has changed.

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