“Beyond Incarceration” – YouthWorks Participants Create Video with Transformative Culture Project
October 24, 2017
The Transformative Culture Project (TCP), formerly known as Press Pass TV, uses media arts and culture as tools to transform lives and communities. Their Western MA branch is based in Holyoke and works to train and employ youth in the media arts with a social impact focus. In the summer of 2017 they hired YouthWorks […]
Exploring New Models for Recruitment and Retention in a Tight Labor Market
May 29, 2018
On Monday, May 21st Commonwealth Corporation and JobsFirstNYC co-hosted a webinar on Employer Solutions to Recruitment & Retention Challenges in a Tight Labor Market. Nearly 100 participants from Massachusetts, New York and other states joined us for a rich conversation. The webinar began with a presentation on research that JobsFirstNYC had conducted on the impact of […]
HCC Culinary Training Program Preps Workers for Jobs with WCTF Funds
May 01, 2018
The bustling atmosphere at Food 101 Bistro in South Hadley had all the signs of a busy Friday night: a full house, waiters covering several tables at once, delicious smells wafting from the kitchen. But this particular occasion was not a Friday night. In fact, it was a graduation ceremony, the culmination of a 9-week […]
Promoting Success: What it Takes to Move Beyond an Entry-Level Job
What skills do workers need to do to get promoted? In our latest research, we explore the skills, knowledge and behaviors businesses are seeking in entry-level workers for them to be considered for advancement. Promoting Success offers insights and tools for employers and workforce development professionals to help young adult workers in entry-level jobs take advantage of advancement opportunities.
Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta says CommCorp is “a vital component of the work we are doing in the Baker-Polito Administration to ensure that every person across the Commonwealth, regardless of their backgrounds or experiences, has access to opportunities that will improve their circumstances and empower them to change their futures.” For more, read our FY17 Annual Report.
The WCTF serves men and women across the Commonwealth who are ready to engage in programming but require targeted support to succeed in employment. The population we serve includes individuals who may have experienced trauma or challenges in their past and also may rely on aid from public benefits to support their families, individuals who have been disconnected from the workforce, and people who might not have been able to complete school. Some might not speak English as their first language, have health problems and/or struggle with substance addiction, and some have disabilities.