A Signature Initiative of the Workforce Skills Cabinet and Governor


The Career Technical Initiative (CTI) is an initiative of the Workforce Skills Cabinet (WSC). It addresses the persistent demand for workers in manufacturing and construction/trades by expanding training capacity for Massachusetts residents. On behalf of the WSC, Commonwealth Corporation administers CTI, building capacity at high schools with designated aligned Chapter 74 vocational programs. Using existing facilities and equipment, the schools provide training in evenings and weekends to un/underemployed individuals. The schools collaborate with MassHire Career Centers and Market Makers to engage employers to ensure programs meet local workforce demand, recruit students, and place them in jobs once they have graduated.
If you are interested in enrolling in one of these programs or are a business interested in hiring graduates, please contact Meg Cummings at [email protected].


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CTI is a signature initiative of the Workforce Skills Cabinet, a collaborative effort between the Executive Offices of Labor and Workforce Development, Education, and Housing and Economic Development. Learn more in this brochure! 

The Career Technical Initiative (CTI) has been a welcomed training model, introduced by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2020, to stimulate talent pipelines and fuel innovation for technical roles, including culinary, skilled trades, and manufacturing jobs. The program provides more Massachusetts residents access to career technical training by using the state’s existing resources at vocational high schools, while simultaneously helping businesses grow by increasing the number of skilled workers able to be employed in trade and construction jobs.

The purpose of the Career Technical Initiative (CTI) is to expand training opportunities for unemployed and underemployed adult workers in in-demand industries/ occupations by building capacity in “third shift/after dark” training at High Schools with designated aligned Chapter 74 vocational programs.

CTI is a signature initiative of the Workforce Skills Cabinet and Governor that addresses the persistent skills gap that employers face in construction/trades and manufacturing provides opportunities for youth and adults to retrain for skilled occupations especially those hardest hits by COVID and transforms vocational high schools into Career Technical Institutes.

Commonwealth Corporation is a quasi-public agency that was established in 1996 under the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. 

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