Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF)

Developing training pipelines to meet the skill needs of business in high demand occupations

WCTF At a Glance 2021 to 2024

  • $50 Million + in awards
  • 100+ unique grantee awards
  • 6000 + individuals trained
  • 89% job placement rate

WCTF Demographics of Enrollees-2023

  • 75% Low-Income 200% Below Poverty Level
  • 43% High Diploma or less
  • 67% born outside of the U.S.
  • 72% Racial/Ethnic Minority

Donnelly Success Grant

The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) invests in demand-driven programs designed by industry sector partnerships that train and place 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 businesses. WCTF programs serve people across the Commonwealth whose life experiences and circumstances make it difficult for them to succeed in employment without targeted support. They include individuals who are underemployed and rely on aid from public benefits to support their families, individuals who have been disconnected from the workforce for a long period, and people who have not been able to complete formal schooling.
In 2018, the Massachusetts Legislature voted to rename grant awards from the WCTF in memory of the late Senator Kenneth Donnelly, who was a steadfast champion of promoting workforce opportunities in the Commonwealth, especially for people who might lack a pathway to economic stability. In this spirit, we seek to foster sector partnerships that are powered by local organizations that possess deep expertise and aim to uplift people of all backgrounds. The WCTF model enables community organizations to build and sustain effective partnerships with employer partners and the public workforce system while striving to incorporate more equitable and innovative practices that lead to increased economic mobility for more people in the Commonwealth.

Healthcare Workforce Hub Initiative

The regional MassHire Workforce Boards are partnering with local health care employers and education and training providers to meet employer demand for skilled workers by providing job training and supports to adults who want to prepare for occupations where there is persistent demand.

The HealthCare HUBs grantees recruit and train unemployed and underemployed candidates for entry-level roles, and support training and other supports intended to provide career advancement opportunities for entry and mid-level health care staff.

These regional partnerships of employers, educators, and workforce professionals meet to build and strengthen relationships and develop regionally-focused workforce strategies to meet staffing needs and ultimately create a more competitive Massachusetts healthcare system.

WCTF Program Design Grant

The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund Program Design Grant aims to fund planning and program design activities that lead to an implementation proposal to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF), Senator Donnelly Workforce Success Grants. This grant program offers funding to provide training and placement programs for (1) unemployed and/or (2) underemployed individuals, as well as training and advancement programs for (3) incumbent workers. In all three options, the training program must be designed to prepare individuals for occupational priorities identified through the Regional Workforce Skills Planning Initiative regional blueprint process. Quality Technical Assistance and Communities of Practice offered by WCTF program staff are an integral component of this program.

Prospective applicants must review the WCTF-Donnelly implementation Request for Proposals (RFP) before seeking Program Design funding. Additionally, applicants are expected to submit their application for the WCTF-Donnelly implementation grant within six months of concluding their Program Design grant.

For more information, please contact Adam Cutler, Director of WCTF: [email protected]


2023 Career Technical Initiative (CTI) Annual Report

The Career Technical Initiative (CTI) has been a welcomed training model to stimulate talent pipelines and fuel innovation for technical roles in manufacturing and construction/skilled trades. The program provides Massachusetts residents who are unemployed or underemployed with training opportunities 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.

CommCorp 2023 STEM Report

Commonwealth Corporation’s STEM report provides an overview of understanding the current structures, needs, implementation strategies, and impact on STEM education and workforce development. With a data-driven and evidence-based approach, we are able to identify the trends of STEM job needs, compare the impact of the pandemic on STEM workforce equity, and recognize the importance of diverse pipelines to enhance engagement and enable the STEM workforce ecosystem.

2024 Career Technical Initiative Brochure

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! 

Request for Proposals: Project Management Health and Human Services Workforce Advisory Council

Commonwealth Corporation (CommCorp) is seeking proposals from consultants with project management experience, particularly in the healthcare workforce development field, ideally focusing on the direct care workforce. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) plans to establish an Advisory Committee to the Workforce Skills Cabinet in early 2024 to address workforce shortages in health and human services across various sectors. The consultant selected for this project management support role will work closely with EOHHS, coordinating communication, scheduling, and meeting deliverables for the Advisory Council. The project manager will engage with stakeholders, summarize meetings, and collaborate with relevant agencies and councils to support healthcare-related pathways and workforce development initiatives. Interested consultants are required to submit proposals by Monday, February 12th, 2024. For a full description, please click on the link below. 

2023 Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) Annual Report

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.

WTFP Technical Assistance Grant

In addition to the Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) and Express Grants, on a very limited basis, the Workforce Training Fund Program may provide technical assistance grants to “increase training opportunities to employees.” Click on the link below to learn more. 


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