Baker-Polito Administration Awards Initial $162,666 In Program Design Grants to Address Chronic Unemployment
April 05, 2017
The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $162,666 in Program Design Grant awards to eight partnerships funded through the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund and the Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund. The Program Design Grants are designed to provide support services, training, and job placement programs that meet the needs of members of populations facing chronic unemployment, including African Americans/Blacks, […]
Over the past few years, Commonwealth Corporation has been studying the underlying causes of the decline in youth employment. In 2013, we published two studies with the Center for Labor Markets & Policy at Drexel University: Signaling Success: Boosting Teen Employment Prospects and Building Blocks of Labor Market Success. These studies looked at the skills, […]
Achieving Impactful Outcomes: Key Characteristics of Successful Sector Partnerships
June 15, 2017
As Nancy introduced, this is the fourth and final post in our Spring WCTF Blog Series, Achieving Impactful Outcomes: Observations from WCTF. In today’s post, CommCorp Senior VP Rebekah Lashman will explore the characteristics of successful sector partnerships. Over the past 10 years we’ve invested Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund and other state and federal resources in more than […]
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.
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).
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.