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Commonwealth Corporation has recently released the Workforce Training Fund FY15 Annual Report.
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Want to learn more about LEAN Training? Click here to see the presentations from the HCWTF webinar.

 

In today’s economy, it is difficult for young adults to find jobs. Unless you have legitimate work experience on your résumé, few employers are willing to give you a chance. That’s why we have YouthWorks; a state-funded youth employment program for teens and young adults aged 14-21 living in low-income communities across Massachusetts. Participants learn valuable skills on the job giving them an edge over other teens looking for employment.

The value of incumbent worker training is being recognized by high profile policymakers and business and labor leaders. President Obama referenced the importance of incumbent worker training in his April 25, 2015 address on the proposed US trade deal. Furthermore, a published report by the New England Council and Deloitte highlights the value of incumbent worker training in keeping the manufacturing industry alive in New England. As the economy improves and businesses shift from survival mode to a renewed focus on growth strategies, it’s important to recognize the necessity of investing in the skills of their workforce.

  • 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.
  • Understanding & Addressing the Youth Employment Crisis

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.

RECENTLY ADDED RESOURCES

 

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Financial Statements - June 30, 2015 and 2014

The FY2015 audited financial statements includes an unmodified opinion and represents accurately the fiscal year activity of Commonwealth Corporation.

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Effective Practices in Sectoral Employment Programs

Geared to states working to build Sectoral Employment Programs, this document reviews 4 key features of sectoral employment programs, underlying concepts and core elements of Massachusetts' approach and tips for local program designers.

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Annual Report FY14

The Annual Report for FY14 gives a "Year in Review" from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, highlighting key workforce development initiatives, research projects, and our public and private partnerships.

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Understanding & Addressing the Youth Employment Crisis

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.