RENEW Demonstration Grant

A Workforce Skills Cabinet FutureSkills Initiative

Overview

Industries are facing the dual challenge of finding skilled talent in a tight labor market and ensuring the development of a diverse and equitable workforce.

The Workforce Skills Cabinet and Commonwealth Corporation have launched RENEW to reduce this fiction with funding to develop programs that will train workers to address employers’ hiring needs and help companies meet their diversity hiring goals.

The program is designed to bridge the gap between employers and local training providers with the goal of establishing sustainable talent development pipelines. Within these partnerships, employers will provide input into curriculum design, specify the types of workers they need help recruiting, and pay upon completion of training and job placement.

In addition to program funding, partnerships will receive technical assistance and recruiting support from MassHire Career Centers and regional workforce boards.

Resources

WCTF grants expand training capacity to upskill new workers and address employers’ hiring needs across a broad range of occupations within industries such as healthcare, IT, transportation, and hospitality.

The enabling legislation for WCTF (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 29 Section 2WWW) calls for a report to be filed annually with the Secretary of Administration and Finance; the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means; and the Joint Committees on Community Development and Small Business, Education, Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Labor and Workforce Development, and Public Health. The report must include the number of educational and eligible service providers receiving grants and participants receiving services and placed in employment, as well as the salary and benefits that participants receive after placement, the cost per participant, and job retention or promotion rates for the year after training ends.

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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