The focus of the Bridging the Opportunity Gap Initiative (BOG) RFP is the design and delivery of programs that support high-quality career readiness, vocational training, employment-related training and workplace learning, GED and tutoring services, arts and cultural activities, and mentoring services for youth committed to the Department of Youth Services.

The Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund will support training that will help healthcare employers address workforce challenges directly attributed to operational changes needed to ensure alignment with or to implement Massachusetts' healthcare cost containment legislation.

  • Just Released: Workforce Quarterly Spring Edition

Stay up-to-date with news, events, program/grant information, and new publications - download the Spring 2014 edition of Commonwealth Coporation's newsletter: Workforce Quarterly

In this edition we feature success stories from our Workforce Training Fund Program and the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative.  

  • Expanding Access to the Arts for Youth

Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation allowed us to expand art programming for young people in Department of Youth Services’ (DYS) treatment programs.

More than 15 artists-in-residence will work with DYS youth during school year 2013-2014 as a part of the in-depth arts programming including improvisation, fabric arts, theater, hip-hop dance, poetry, Afro-Caribbean drumming, and self-portraiture. Each residency culminates with a final performance or celebration. 

Save the date for this year's annual Share Your Art - Share Your Voice youth showcase on June 17, 2014.

Learn more about our partnership with DYS.

 

RECENTLY ADDED RESOURCES

 

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YouthWorks 2013 Databook

The YouthWorks 2013 Databook provides an overview of our summer jobs program that helps provide low-income and at-risk youth from around the Commonwealth with work experience, valuable career skills, and a chance to give back to their communities.

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Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook

The purpose of this updated edition of the Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook is to inform workforce development professionals, educators, employers, and jobseekers about the status and recent history of Healthcare careers and the Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector in the Commonwealth.

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Partnerships: A Workforce Development Practitioner's Guide

This guidebook for workforce practitioners outlines the key elements of an effective partnership. It features case studies, tools, tips, and templates that can be readily copied and used by practitioners.

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Closing the Massachusetts Skills Gap: Recommendations & Action Steps

This report is the culmination of an 18-month project to better understand labor demand and supply across the state. This report defines a problem and issues a call to action and serves as the final product of Skills Gap: Supply & Demand in the Massachusetts Economy.