Resources

Resources

2017

  • Addressing the Middle Skills Gap Outcomes

    Release Date: 02.2017

    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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  • Closing the Skills Gap: Meeting the Demand for Skills in a Growing Economy

    Release Date: 01.2017

    The purpose of this analysis is to provide data that informs policy and practice in the education and workforce development fields. This report documents statewide trends, placing the Massachusetts experience in the national context. We use data from a number of federal and state sources to inform our analysis. These data are the latest available as of August 2016.

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  • Lagging Teen Employment in a Strong Bay State Labor Market

    Release Date: 05.2017

    More than six years after the recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009, Massachusetts’ overall economy and labor markets have improved markedly. However, the gain in employment has not been uniform across age groups. The youngest workers (16-to-19 years old) continue to be disconnected from the labor market. This research report assesses the year-round and summer employment experiences of teens in Massachusetts and the U.S. over the past 4 decades (1978-1979 to 2015-2016).

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  • YouthWorks 2016 Databook

    Release Date: 02.2017

    The YouthWorks 2016 Databook details the YouthWorks 2016 Job Program. This year 4,658 youth in over 31 cities across the Commonwealth successfully completed summer job opportunities. It is submitted to General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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2016

  • 2015 BOG Report

    Release Date: 2016

    This report provides an overview of the programming and outcome data for all funded grantees in Fiscal Year 2015.

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  • 2015 DYS Comprehensive Education Partnership Report

    Release Date: 2016

    This report reflects the growth and breadth of the Massachusetts juvenile justice education system through the DYS current contract with the Commonwealth Corporation (“CommCorp”), referred to as the Comprehensive Education Partnership Initiative (CEP).

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  • 2015 Foundation Annual Report

    Release Date: 2016

    The various programs at Commonwealth Corporation work with youth and adults to build skills and secure pathways to a career, and with businesses to up-skill current workers and build a pipeline for future employees. In this year’s annual report we focus on programming in four categories: (1) youth jobs; (2) services for youth at risk; (3) unemployed adults training; and (4) workforce training for businesses.

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  • 2016 CommCorp Annual Report

    Release Date: 12.2016

    Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker, II, describes CommCorp as a “driving force behind making sure more residents acquire the skills, education and training they need to compete for jobs.” For more, read our FY16 Annual Report.

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  • 2016 WCTF Annual Report to Legislature

    Release Date: 12.2016

    This report provides additional detail on the progress to date of the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund Addressing the Middle Skills Gap and FY’16 Appropriation grant programs. This report does not include final outcomes for previous rounds of funding awarded under the WCTF, which have been reported in previous annual progress reports.

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  • Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Case Study – Centrus

    Release Date: 12.2016

    See how Centrus Premier Home Care utilized a Health Care Workforce Transformation Grant to address a workforce challenge.

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  • Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Report to Administration and Legislature through Dec 2015

    Release Date: 04.2016

    This report provides information about the status of initiatives that have been supported by the Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund (the Fund) as of the end of calendar year 2015.

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  • Signal Success Data Report

    Release Date: 2016

    This report describes the results of a pilot study designed to test the effectiveness of the career-readiness and career exploration curriculum, Signal Success, developed for teens at high school and community-based programs. The findings offer an opportunity to look at noncognitive learning in practice and explore the types of skills that may be most relevant to success in school and work.

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  • The Job Seeker’s Challenge: The Impact of Online Applications & Assessments

    Release Date: 09.2016

    In this brief we share information about the reasons behind the growing use of online applications and pre-hire assessments in hiring (particularly at the entry-level), the format of the applications and strategies to prepare job seekers to complete online applications.  This brief grew out of one of the findings from our 2013 study, Signaling Success: Boosting Teen Employment Prospects

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  • WCTF Case Study: Building Pathways and Sullivan & McLaughlin

    Release Date: 2016

    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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  • WCTF Event with Governor Baker: Jiebin’s story

    Release Date: 2016

    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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2015

  • 2014 Foundation Annual Report

    Release Date: 2015

    The Annual Report for FY14 gives a “Year in Review” from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, highlighting key workforce development initiatives, research projects, and our public and private partnerships.

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  • 2015 WCTF Annual Report to Legislature

    Release Date: 2015

    This report provides an overview of the programming and outcome data WCTF Grantees in Fiscal Year 2015.

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  • 2015 WTFP Annual Report

    Release Date: 2015

    The Fiscal Year 15 report to the Massachusetts Legislature for the Workforce Training Fund Program.

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  • YouthWorks 2015 Databook

    Release Date: 2015

    The YouthWorks 2015 Data Book is submitted to General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. It details the YouthWorks 2015 Job Program.

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2014

  • Health Care Workforce Planning Grant Brief

    Release Date: 10.2014

    This brief is part of Commonwealth Corporation’s effort to support health care provider, community college, workforce investment board, career center and community based organization staff, and policymakers in understanding the potential impact of Massachusetts’ health care cost containment and quality improvement law (Chapter 224) on the health care industry’s demand for skilled workers. We are learning a great deal about how the state’s health care providers are addressing a variety of workforce skills challenges associated with operational changes they are making to comply with Chapter 224.

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  • Occupational Gap Analysis Report

    Release Date: 07.2014

    This report summarizes the results of a formal gap analysis of the clinical lab workforce in the Pioneer Valley and Berkshire regions, including supply and demand data. The report also contains the aggregated regional results of a laboratory skill assessment. The report provides strategies that could be used to address workforce issues for these occupations and makes recommendations for next steps. The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Inc. produced this report on behalf of the Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western Massachusetts. Funding was provided through a planning grant from the Healthcare Workforce Transformation Fund (2014).

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  • Understanding & Addressing the Youth Employment Crisis

    Release Date: 11.2014

    In 2013 Commonwealth Corporation examined the historically low teen employment rates and surveyed employers to identify their perceptions of teens in the workplace. This two-page brief outlines some of the findings from that study and offers ways employers, education institutions, and workforce organizations can better prepare young people for work.

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2013

2012

  • Labor Market Trends in the Berkshire Region

    Release Date: 09.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities. Labor Market Trends is a joint project of Commonwealth Corporation and the New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Boston/Metro North Region

    Release Date: 10.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities. Labor Market Trends is a joint project of Commonwealth Corporation and the New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Cape & Islands Region

    Release Date: 12.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Central Mass Region

    Release Date: 10.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Metro South/West Region

    Release Date: 06.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities. Labor Market Trends is a joint project of Commonwealth Corporation and the New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Northeast Region

    Release Date: 11.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Pioneer Valley Region

    Release Date: 11.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Southeast Region

    Release Date: 10.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities.

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2011

  • Measuring Business Impact: A Workforce Development Practitioner’s Guide

    Release Date: 11.2011

    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: Lessons Learned from Workforce Development in Massachusetts

    Release Date: 09.2011

    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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  • The Increased Presence of Older Workers in the Massachusetts Labor Market

    Release Date: 07.2011

    This report was prepared by the Center for Labor Markets & Policy at Drexel University for Commonwealth Corporation. It provides an overview of trends in the labor force among the nation’s older population and presents more recent labor market outcomes of older workers in the nation and in Massachusetts. This report also examines the industries and occupations in which older workers in Massachusetts are employed and the change across the different industries/occupations.

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