Available Funding

  • YouthWorks Year-Round Program FY2017-18 Request for Proposals Learn More
  • Bridging the Opportunity Gap (BOG) Initiative FY18 RFP Learn More
  • Workforce Training Fund Learn More
  • Promoting Success: Tips for Employers

    Over the past few years, Commonwealth Corporation has been studying the underlying causes of the decline in youth employment. We recently took the next step to understand how to prepare young workers and entry-level workers to navigate their careers and prepare and present themselves for advancement opportunities.  We are excited to release a preview of the findings from the business phase of our research in the form of tips and best practices for businesses on developing entry-level talent, for programs that serve young workers, and for entry-level employees themselves.

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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