The Addressing the Middle Skills Gap Grant Program is designed to address 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 is 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 Clean Energy Workforce Training Capacity Building grants are intended to prepare the Commonwealth's training providers to meet the workforce needs of the clean energy sector.
The Commonwealth Partnership for Economic Opportunity (CPEO) works to address Massachusetts's critical need to build the capacity of a range of organizations (community, faith-based and state agencies) to coordinate workforce development programs and support services so that low-income adults and youth who are not engaged in school or work will have access to the tools and resources they need to enable them to compete for jobs in our knowledge-based economy.
The Community Reentry Grant Initiative supports the successful transition and reentry of Department of Youth Services (DYS) clients by providing services for education, arts, mentoring, training and workforce development that are tailored to DYS clients’ unique strengths and interests. Each year Commonwealth Corporation provides grants to youth-serving organizations to provide innovative programming for youth to build pro-social behaviors, engage youth in creative and productive activities, and support and enhance education and employment skills.
These projects deliver programs that provide training and support services to prepare participants directly for jobs and/or apprenticeship placements in construction trades and related occupations.
The purpose of the Education Quality Assurance (EQA) Initiative is to establish, communicate and disseminate a set of core education program standards that define education program quality in Department of Youth Services residential programs. EQA supports programs in meeting these standards through program assessment and the implementation of technical assistance strategies that are part of a continuous improvement process.
The Employment Partnership Grants support workforce development partnerships that connect Massachusetts residents and workers with jobs and also supports Massachusetts companies by ensuring the availability of a skilled workforce to meet their business needs.
The Healthcare Skills Gap Partnership grants provide education and support services that prepare participants directly for jobs and/or career advancement in the healthcare industry. Awarded to each of the 16 Workforce Investment Boards, the grants support healthcare workforce development, address the skills gap, and support the development and implementation of regional workforce plan strategies.
The Innovative Post-Secondary Educational Model (IPSEM) grants are designed to support post-secondary institutions in developing and testing models for accelerating the acquisition of degrees and certificates that address a persistent labor market demand.
The Learn at Work Program is designed to promote public-private partnerships across industries throughout the Commonwealth that specifically 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. Designers particularly wanted to bring new businesses, unions and ESOL providers to the table.
This grant is funded to help support the development and implementation of creative strategies and services that will lead to an increase in the number of adult learners who successfully matriculate in and compete certificate and degree programs at Massachusetts community colleges.
A learning network for healthcare staff who have responsibitity for workforce planning formed to create opportunities for peer sharing and learning, and to provide opportunities for the exchange of information and ideas.
The Older Worker Retention Strategies Grants support Commonwealth's businesses to design, plan and implement strategies to increase their ability to train older workers (over 50 years of age) and to support the sharing of the strategies developed through these grants to increase our collective knowledge on methods for retaining older workers.
In 2009 the U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $5.9 million grant to the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board to support employment and training programs that prepare Massachusetts' residents for jobs in the Commonwealth's clean energy sector.
The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) is a multi-faceted strategy for reducing youth violence in Massachusetts, combining public health and public safety approaches for eliminating youth violence. SSYI is specifically tailored to address gaps in services for young men who are identified as being "proven risk" - at the highest risk for being perpetrators of violence due to persistent and chronic risky behavior.
The Transitional Employment Grants support innovative programs designed to help at-risk youth and the chronically unemployed acquire skills training and eventually obtain full-time employment. These programs offer participants occupational skills training, education and work-readiness programs with the input and participation of employers and businesses.
The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund is a workforce development initiative that supports programs in critical industry sectors in Massachusetts. This state-funded initiative is administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. WCTF Round 1 Grants were made in a number of sectors including skilled trades, clean energy, healthcare, travel & tourism, education, financial services and manufacturing.
The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund is a workforce development initiative that supports programs in critical industry sectors in Massachusetts. This state-funded initiative is administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. WCTF Round 2 Grants were made in a number of sectors including construction, clean energy, healthcare, travel & tourism, education, financial services and manufacturing.
The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) is a state funded program, financed by Massachusetts businesses - for the purpose of providing resources to employers to better train Massachusetts workers. The Workforce Training Fund Program consists of three programs: the Hiring Incentive Training Grant Program, the Express Program and the General Program.
YouthWorks is a state-funded youth jobs program, which provides funds that communities use to pay wages to low-income youth for summer jobs in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.