Designed by the Executive Offices of Labor and Workforce Development, Education, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Economic Development

Overview

The Learn to Earn Initiative (LTE), designed by the Executive Offices of Labor and Workforce Development, Education, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Economic Development, is a comprehensive approach to providing individuals who are receiving assistance from public benefit programs with the supports, skills, and credentials they need to gain and retain employment in occupations for which employers have persistent demand.

LTE provides direct grants to organizations (e.g. CBO’s, higher ed, etc.) to implement pipeline training to fill vacancies at regional employers, in partnership with MassHire. Also provides funds for capacity-building, program design, and sector partnership planning. LTE Programs will help participants set and achieve goals necessary for employment and sustained economic stability, including maintaining and growing family net resources. They will also test approaches for minimizing the real or perceived potential impact of increased earned income on benefit receipt, including improving coordination across benefit programs and reducing benefit cliff effects.

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The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) was established through economic stimulus legislation passed by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2006. The WCTF invests in demand-driven programs designed by industry sector partnerships that train and place into employment unemployed and underemployed workers. The purpose of the Fund is to support the development and implementation of employer and worker-responsive programs to enhance worker skills, incomes, productivity, and retention and to increase the quality and competitiveness of Massachusetts firms.

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