In 2013 Commonwealth Corporation examined the historically low teen employment rates and surveyed employers to identify their perceptions of teens in the workplace. This two-page brief outlines some of the findings from that study and offers ways employers, education institutions, and workforce organizations can better prepare young people for work.
WCTF Partners Celebrate Graduations
Many of our Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund partners celebrated graduations this spring. The 15 WCTF grant partnerships involve more than 100 businesses and benefit 850 job seekers and incumbent employees. Participants in Community Work Services' Careers in Hospitality Program (pictured) complete training for careers in the travel and tourism sector and receive job placement assistance. Congratulations to the graduates!
Cooking Up Success - A Culinary Arts Graduation
Twelve participants in Triangle and Bunker Hill Community College's Culinary Arts Fundamentals training program graduated recently. The 100-hour, four-week program aims to decrease barriers to careers for individuals with disabilities, offering basic cooking and baking skills, contextualized communication, and sanitation and safe food-handling procedures.
At the celebration, one graduate said, “I now have employment, self-confidence, and a new passion in food!”
Statewide Approach to Reducing Youth Violence
The Safe & Successful Youth Initiative is a multi-faceted strategy for reducing youth violence in Massachusetts. Using a public health and public safety approach, it is specifically tailored to address gaps in services for young men ages 14 to 24 that are identified as being "proven risk" or at the highest risk for being perpetrators of violence.
Research found that over the last two years SSYI engaged cities experienced 139 fewer violent crimes on average per month compared to non-SSYI municipalities. This year alone, for every dollar invested in SSYI, taxpayers have saved as much as $7.35 from the crime reductions produced through the program's support services.
Malden High School Launches YouthWorks Plus
We had the pleasure of joining Malden High School staff, faculty, and students, Malden Mayor Gary Christenson and the Metro North Regional Employment Board to celebrate the acceptance of 25 Malden High School students into the new YouthWorks Plus program. YouthWorks Plus at Malden High School is generously supported by the Cummings Foundation.
YouthWorks Plus is a new program developed by Commonwealth Corporation that strengthens the preparation of teens to find and keep jobs in the private sector economy. It combines a hands-on, competency-based curriculum, Signaling Success, with actual subsidized work experience.
Healthcare Cost Containment Law & Impact on Healthcare Workforce
We invited Jessica Larochelle from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation to present an overview of the forces driving healthcare payment and delivery system reform, reform efforts in the state, and the implications for the workforce. Following the presentation two employers discussed the implications the law has already had on their healthcare organizations.
The health care industry has played a vital role in our state's economy, steadily hiring through the ups and downs of economic cycles. But now the industry is undergoing a transformation and workforce professionals need to understand how it is changing in order to continue to serve the industry, counsel job seekers, and prepare the next generation of health care employees. Commonwealth Corporation President & CEO Nancy Snyder discusses recent health care cost containment legislation and its impact on the health care workforce.
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.
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.
New Health Care Workforce Brief