Demand Driven Strategies for Business & Workforce

Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF)

 

Overview

The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund invests in demand-driven programs designed by industry 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.

Latest News

Pivoting from Hotel Housekeeping to Hospitals: 5 Questions with BEST Hospitality Training Center

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, like many organizations that provide training for workers, Boston Education Skills and Training (BEST) Corp. found their target industry in upheaval. The recipient of a $215,833 Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success grant from the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, BEST was working with four hotel employer partners and five MassHire workforce boards and career centers to prepare unemployed and underemployed trainees for hotel industry housekeeping positions. So in response, BEST pivoted to target an industry that was still hiring and could use the skills being taught in its hotel industry program — hospitals and healthcare. Here are five questions with BEST Executive Director Marie Downey on her organization it pivoted and her advice for others adapting to the post-coronavirus economy.
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New Pharmacy Technicians Graduate Training in Remote Ceremony

The first remote graduation in the history of JVS Boston began with applause sound effects and ended with a singalong to “Sweet Caroline,” celebrating the 15 new pharmacy technicians who started the training program in-person and finished it in online virtual classrooms due to COVID-19 pandemic, bolstering the healthcare workforce during the global coronavirus public health emergency.
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Learn to Earn Food Industry Program Graduates its First Class

The first group of students to enter JVS Boston’s Food Industry Training program, funded by a $325,000 Learn to Earn grant awarded by Commonwealth Corporation, received their ServSafe certificates at a graduation ceremony at Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge on Jan. 8. JVS’ program trains young adults with a documented disability and who receive public assistance. In addition to Spaulding Hospital, JVS is also partnering with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, NewBridge on the Charles/Hebrew SeniorLife, Whole Foods Market, and the MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center on preparing young adults for food service careers.
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$4.2M Awarded in Sen. Donnelly Grants through the WCTF

Local and state officials joined Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta, CommCorp staff, MassHire partners and First Student Inc. workers at First Student Inc. in Marlborough on Thursday, Sept. 26 for the announcement of the first-ever round of Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grants for FY19 through the Workforce Competitive Trust Fund (WCTF). The 18 awarded grants, named in memory of Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly, target jobs in healthcare and social assistance (approximately $2.6 million in funding), information technology ($500,000 in funding), and occupations identified in the Commonwealth’s Regional Skills Blueprints. Those occupations include accommodation, food service and hospitality, construction, finance and insurance, and transportation and warehousing.
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RELIABLY FILLING CRITICAL NEEDS

Since 2013, the WCTF has invested $6.55 million and served more than 600 employers and 1,300 individuals, placing 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.

Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grants 2017-2019

Resources

  • WCTF FY19 Annual Report
    This report provides an overview of the programming and outcome data for WCTF grantees in Fiscal Year 2019.
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  • WCTF FY18 Annual Report

    This report provides an overview of the programming and outcome data for WCTF grantees in Fiscal Year 2018. LEARN MORE

  • 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 & McLaughlin

    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 Bristol Manufacturing Partnership prepares workers for jobs in demand.
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