Demand Driven Strategies for Business & Workforce

Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF)

 

Overview

The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund has funded more than 60 partnerships since 2007, investing in demand-driven programs designed by industry sector partnerships that train and place unemployed and underemployed workers. The WCTF serves men and women across the Commonwealth who are ready to engage in programming but require targeted support to succeed in employment. The population we serve includes individuals who may have experienced trauma or challenges in their past and also may rely on aid from public benefits to support their families, individuals who have been disconnected from the workforce, and people who might not have been able to complete school. Some might not speak English as their first language, have health problems and/or struggle with substance addiction, and some have disabilities.

Since 2013, the WCTF has invested $6.55 million, serving 1,236 individuals and placing 810 workers in occupations such as CNC operator, CDL truck driver, and early childhood educator. The WCTF is not only providing support for Massachusetts residents to achieve success, it is also providing a much needed resource for Massachusetts businesses to secure talented workers to keep their business competitive. Since 2013, more than 594 employers from across the Commonwealth have benefited from hiring an individual trained and supported through the WCTF.

Resources

  • WCTF: Who Do We Serve?

    The WCTF serves men and women across the Commonwealth who are ready to engage in programming but require targeted support to succeed in employment. The population we serve includes individuals who may have experienced trauma or challenges in their past and also may rely on aid from public benefits to support their families, individuals who have been disconnected from the workforce, and people who might not have been able to complete school. Some might not speak English as their first language, have health problems and/or struggle with substance addiction, and some have disabilities. To learn more, read our case study.
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  • WCTF: Short Term Solutions, Long Term Impact

    This one-pager focuses on investments the WCTF made in manufacturing partnerships to demonstrate not only the short term impact they had on employers and workers, but also to highlight the WCTF’s ability to build regional capacity.
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  • WCTF FY17 Annual Report

    This report provides an overview of the programming and outcome data for WCTF grantees in Fiscal Year 2017.
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  • 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 for 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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