Demand Driven Strategies for Business & Workforce
Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF)
The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund invests in demand-driven programs designed by industry sector partnerships that train and place unemployed and underemployed workers.
Between 2007 and 2011, the Fund supported 31 partnerships serving more than 6,700 youth and adults. During this period participating businesses documented significant improvements in productivity, profitability, increased sales and employee retention. The last grant round supported 15 partnerships to train and place unemployed and underemployed job seekers between 2013-2016. As a result of this round of funding, 670 people were placed in jobs at 447 companies; this is 82% of graduates and 74% of participants, compared to a national enrollment to placement rate of 56% for similar programs.
Addressing the Middle Skills Gap Outcomes
As a result of this grant, 670 people were placed in jobs at 447 companies; this is 82% of graduates and 74% of participants, compared to a national enrollment to placement rate of 56% for similar programs. Read this one pager for more details and outcomes from the Addressing the Middle Skills Gap Grant Program which ran from 2013-2016.
Effective Practices in Sectoral Employment Programs
This two page tool details effective practices in sectoral employment programs by identifying 4 key features of sectoral employment programs and tips for local program designers. It details the concepts underlying Massachusetts sectoral employment programs and the core elements around Massachusetts’ approach.
Case Study with Building Pathways and Sullivan & McLaughin
This case study features Building Pathways, one of the grantee recipients from 2013 WCTF Awards and how they work with partners like Sullivan & McLaughlin along with many others to bring more women and minorities into the trades.
Jiebin’s Story told at grant announcement with Governor Baker
Grants from the WCTF support unemployed and underemployed job seekers across the state. In this piece we highlight one of those workers and how he was able to change his career and his life.
WCTF FY16 Annual Report
This report provides an overview of the programming and outcome data WCTF Grantees in Fiscal Year 2016.
Measuring Business Impact: A Workforce Development Practitioner’s Guide
This guidebook for workforce practitioners offers step-by-step instructions to measuring the business impact of workforce programs. It features case studies, tools, tips and worksheets based on Commonwealth Corporation’s experience in measuring business impact of workforce programs in Massachusetts.
Measuring Business Impact: Lesson’s Learned from Workforce Development in MA
This report examines the challenges and opportunities of measuring the impact of workforce development programs on employers. Measuring Business Impact looks at impact of the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund’s (WCTF) 31 projects across multiple industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, trades and financial services.
Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund: Preparing Workers for Jobs in Demand
This brief details how the Brisol Manufacturing Partnership prepares workers for jobs in demand.
Manufacturing Training Community of Practice
The Manufacturing Training Community of Practice is intended for organizations working to train and place individuals in the manufacturing sector. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 25th, 9:30am -12:00pm at:
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
Weiss Room 104
75 North Drive, Westborough, MA 01581
Please register for the meeting here. We will have an opportunity for attendees to call in to the conference line to participate in the meeting. If you plan to do this, please still register for the event so we can make sure you have any materials and the call-in number.
At this meeting we are planning presentations and discussions on MassDevelopment’s Ambassador program and the Workforce Training Fund.