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Important: New policy changes for the Workforce Training Fund Hiring Incentive Training Grant effective August 15, 2014.

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The latest round of Workforce Training Fund grants will enable 72 companies across the state to provide customized training for 5,196 employees and create 568 new jobs over the next three years. In addition, $2 million will support a new pilot program to expand regional training capacity to meet the needs of small businesses.

Join us as we convene Massachusetts employers who are exploring ways to strengthen our future workforce while expanding job opportunities for young people. This half-day event, sponsored by Bank of America, will highlight best practices and explore how to engage Massachusetts businesses and the workforce development community to maintain our state's skilled workforce and stay competitive.

  • Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

In Summer 2014 the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and other support services to succeed in the workforce and to connect employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in today’s economy.
WIOA encourages greater collaboration among employers, high schools and community colleges, and workforce organizations to ensure education and training activities are aligned with regional labor market needs.
Commonwealth Corporation is committed to advancing the entire field of workforce development through the sharing of best practices. Two of our Workforce Development in Practice guidebooks focus on building partnerships to address regional labor market needs and engaging employers in youth employment programming.  
Learn more about Partnerships: A Workforce Development Practitioner’s Guide and Strategic Employer Engagement: Building Dynamic Relationships with Employers in Teen & Young Adult Employment Programs.
  • Supporting Regional Sector Partnerships

On August 13, 2014 Governor Patrick signed into law an economic development package, An Act To Promote Economic Growth in the Commonwealth. The new law creates a new trust fund to support training for jobs in advanced manufacturing, information technology, technology trades, and hospitality. The new law also provides additional funding for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, which invests in programs that train un/underemployed individuals for jobs that are in demand.
For more information about the new economic development bill, read the press release from the Governor's office.

 

 

RECENTLY ADDED RESOURCES

 

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Annual Report FY13

The Annual Report for FY13 gives a "Year in Review" from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, highlighting key workforce development initiatives, research projects, and our public and private partnerships.

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Partnerships: A Workforce Development Practitioner's Guide

Through our work as funders and evaluators, we have observed what characterizes partnerships in workforce development and what contributes to their effectiveness. This Guidebook contains the following elements designed to use useful for workforce practitioners: key questions and action steps at the end of each chapter, examples from partnerships, tools and templates that may be readily used by practitioners, and case studies.

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Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook

The purpose of this updated edition of the Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook is to inform workforce development professionals, educators, employers, and jobseekers about the status and recent history of Healthcare careers and the Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector in the Commonwealth.

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Closing the Massachusetts Skills Gap: Recommendations & Action Steps

This report is the culmination of an 18-month project to better understand labor demand and supply across the state. This report defines a problem and issues a call to action and serves as the final product of Skills Gap: Supply & Demand in the Massachusetts Economy.