More than $740,000 in grants will fund subsidized employment placements and development and implementation of career pathway programs for youth, helping young people explore in-demand industries and occupations, build professional skills, and gain the experience needed to find and keep jobs, the Baker-Polito Administration announced today.
At least 165 youth will participate in training and work-based learning for advanced manufacturing, early childhood education, financial services, health care and more in the programs awarded funding through the YouthWorks Year-Round Competitive Grant Program, the integrated work and learning youth program administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
Grantees applied for one of three options in this round of funding: a career pathway planning and implementation grant, a traditional YouthWorks placements plus targeted career exploration grant, or a planning-only grant for a future career pathway program. Seventeen grants were awarded to applicants and their partners.
The Gandara Center, one of CommCorp’s FY17 Health Care Workforce Transformation Fundgrantees, recently celebrated the graduation of several newly trained Recovery Coaches. The 8 to 12 month program provides skills-based training and an internship. Graduates will be prepared to work towards completing the requirements necessary to earn Recovery Coach certification. Graduates from this first cohort are employed at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and High Point Treatment Center. They will continue to receive coaching and case management support from Gandara staff as they support others recovering from addiction in the community. To read more about these inspiring graduates click here.
The Transformative Culture Project (TCP), formerly known as Press Pass TV, uses media arts and culture as tools to transform lives and communities. Their Western MA branch is based in Holyoke and works to train and employ youth in the media arts with a social impact focus. In the summer of 2017 they hired YouthWorks participants who were trained to make videos for local nonprofit clients. Youth were trained in and responsible for developing stories; researching local issues; operating cameras, microphones, and lighting equipment; editing videos; & participating in all workshops. Youth were also connected to holistic, trauma-informed resources, including life-skills workshops and one-on-one college mentoring. The YouthWorks Participants worked on “Beyond Incarceration” where they interviewed young men involved in the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI).
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, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, persons with disabilities, and Gulf War Era II Veterans. Commonwealth Corporation administers both funds under the leadership of Secretary Walker. Click here for the press release.
Workforce Training Fund grants from 2015-2016 helped train 36,956 workers and served 1,278 businesses across Massachusetts. The greatest WTFP job growth by industry was (1) manufacturing; (2) construction; and (3) professional, scientific and technical services. To learn more about the impact of the WTFP, read our 2016 WTFP Impact Report.
In Gateway City regions with an aging and under-skilled labor force, workforce development is an essential ingredient for future economic growth. This report breaks down workforce development to give municipal leaders a better sense of the field. New analysis dissects the demand for these services in Gateway City markets, and best practices for improving participant outcomes. This information is set against the backdrop of changes ushered in by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which took effect last year, as well as broader efforts to reinvent education and career training for a rapidly shifting economy. Report prepared by MassINC Gateway Cities Innovation Institute with assistance from Commonwealth Corporation.
Special announcement: Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to introduce a new application process for the Workforce Training Fund General Program Training Grant effective September 1, 2016. The new online application is cloud-based and integrated with program databases allowing for a smarter, more flexible application. The new system reflects Commonwealth Corporation’s commitment to continually improving our programs in order to increase access to training resources and maximize operational efficiency, while maintaining a customer-centric focus.
Please Note: Applications using the previous format will be accepted through October 31, 2016. Effective November 1, applications will only be accepted using the new format. Visit the Workforce Training Fund site for more info.