Baker-Polito Administration Awards Initial $162,666 In Program Design Grants to Address Chronic Unemployment
April 05, 2017
The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $162,666 in Program Design Grant awards to eight partnerships funded through the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund and the Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund. The Program Design Grants are designed to provide support services, training, and job placement programs that meet the needs of members of populations facing chronic unemployment, including African Americans/Blacks, […]
Achieving Impactful Outcomes: Program Design with the End Goal in Mind
May 09, 2017
As Nancy introduced, this is the third of four posts in our Spring WCTF Blog Series, Achieving Impactful Outcomes: Observations from WCTF. In today’s post, WCTF Program Manager Anthony Britt will explore a few often underestimated elements of successful program design. I came to CommCorp from the public education sphere, where the most effective lessons […]
Achieving Impactful Outcomes: What does it mean to be data-driven?
April 27, 2017
As Nancy introduced, this is the second of four posts in our Spring WCTF Blog Series, Achieving Impactful Outcomes: Observations from WCTF. In today’s post Theresa Rowland, Program Director, will discuss what it means to be data-driven. What does data driven-mean? And how do programs ensure they are doing it? To us, data-driven is […]
Lagging Teen Employment in a Strong Bay State Labor Market
More than six years after the recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009, Massachusetts’ overall economy and labor markets have improved markedly. However, the gain in employment has not been uniform across age groups. The youngest workers (16-to-19 years old) continue to be disconnected from the labor market. This research report assesses the year-round and summer employment experiences of teens in Massachusetts and the U.S. over the past 4 decades (1978-1979 to 2015-2016).
Closing the Skills Gap: Meeting the Demand for Skills in a Growing Economy
The purpose of this analysis is to provide data that informs policy and practice in the education and workforce development fields. This report documents statewide trends, placing the Massachusetts experience in the national context. We use data from a number of federal and state sources to inform our analysis. These data are the latest available as of August 2016.
The Job Seeker’s Challenge: The Impact of Online Applications & Assessments
In this brief we share information about the reasons behind the growing use of online applications and pre-hire assessments in hiring (particularly at the entry-level), the format of the applications and strategies to prepare job seekers to complete online applications. This brief grew out of one of the findings from our 2013 study, Signaling Success: Boosting Teen Employment Prospects.