The Addressing the Middle Skills Gap WCTF Grant Program addresses the gap between the skills held by workers and the skills needed by employers for jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than the equivalent of a 4-year degree, commonly referred to as the “middle skills gap.”
The AIM Mentoring Program supports the design and implementation of mentoring programs for young people committed to the custody of the Department of Youth Services (DYS). The goals of the mentoring program are to increase the number young people attached to education and workforce opportunities, and reduce the number of young people who reoffend or violate the conditions of their release.
The Bridging the Opportunity Gap (BOG) initiative provides a variety of employment-related services to Department of Youth Services (DYS) youth, with a special focus on those returning to their home communities following residential treatment. BOG programs offer comprehensive employability services including career readiness, vocational, and entrepreneurship training, workforce certifications and subsidized employment experience.
The Employment Programs for Special Target Populations grant programs improve the economic status of homeless individuals and individuals with disabilities by setting them on a path to economic self-sufficiency.
The Learn at Work Program promotes public-private partnerships across industries throughout the Commonwealth that focus on workplace Basic Skills and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and to allow for greater flexibility to meet the needs of workers and businesses.
The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) is a multi-faceted strategy for reducing youth violence in Massachusetts. Using a public health and public safety approach, it is specifically tailored to address gaps in services for young men aged 14 to 24 that are identified as being "proven risk" or at the highest risk for being perpetrators of violence.
The Workforce Training Fund Program helps address business productivity and competitiveness by providing resources to Massachusetts businesses to train current and newly hired employees. The Express Program provides grants of up to $30,000 for businesses with up to 100 employees for training courses chosen from a database of pre-qualified courses.
The Workforce Training Fund Program helps address business productivity and competitiveness by providing resources to Massachusetts businesses to train current and newly hired employees. The General Program provides grants of up to $250,000 for any size business' customized incumbent worker training needs.
The Workforce Training Fund Program helps address business productivity and competitiveness by providing resources to Massachusetts businesses to train current and newly hired employees. The Hiring Incentive Grant Program provides grants of up to $75,000 for businesses that hire Massachusetts residents who have been unemployed for 6 months or longer, or Massachusetts residents who are military veterans.
YouthWorks is a state-funded youth employment program for teens and young adults aged 14 to 21 living in low-income communities across Massachusetts. YouthWorks increases the employment of teens through partnerships that prepare, coach, and support teens in job search and job success.
YouthWorks Plus is an effort to transform Massachusetts' summer jobs program for low-income youth into a multi-year sequence of work experiences that increase long-term employment outcomes for young people. YouthWorks Plus comprises of a sequence of work experience - a more robust approach to step up employability training, work experience, and other supports that young people need to become part of a competitive economy.