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]

Resources

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. 

ARPA; Standard Terms and Conditions

The following Standard Terms and Conditions Apply to Grant Awards funded through ARPA

Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund 2023 Brochure

The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund supplies employers and training providers with the funding to develop programs that will train new workers to address employers’ hiring needs. Read more in the following brochure.

2022 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.

2021 Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) Annual Report

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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