Demand Driven Strategies for Business & Workforce

Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF)

 

Overview

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.

Resources

  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • WCTF FY16 Annual Report

    This report provides an overview of the programming and outcome data WCTF Grantees in Fiscal Year 2016.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund: Preparing Workers for Jobs in Demand

    This brief details how the Brisol Manufacturing Partnership prepares workers for jobs in demand.
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Events

  • Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund Advisory Committee

    This meeting is for members of the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund Advisory Committee and Interested Parties.

    Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund Advisory Committee meeting
    April 11, 2017
    10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
    @Commonwealth Corporation
    2 Oliver Street, 5
    th floor
    Boston, 02109

    We will post information soon regarding RSVPs.