Consistent with the goals and philosophy of Governor Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EED”) along with the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and Executive Office of Education seeks to fund multiple applications from workforce, education and/or employer organizations for advanced manufacturing programs. These programs will provide training to unemployed and underemployed individuals including veterans, minorities and women and that support the workforce needs of the Commonwealth’s globally competitive advanced manufacturing cluster. 

The Skills Cabinet seeks to make workforce efforts employer-centric; and to that end, the Skills Cabinet will identify promising employer-centric training and education models, and bring them to scale across the Commonwealth. The Skills Cabinet will ensure citizens are trained for critical middle-skills jobs, and will integrate statewide and regional planning processes, share data on labor pipelines, and staff a coordinated business growth response team.

To that end, the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program will meet that objective by accepting proposals that:
1.   Leverage and scale existing programs that include industry, education and workforce systems;
2.   Align our education and workforce partners to meet both regional and statewide goals for manufacturing workforce needs;
3.   Support capacity at the infrastructure and human resource levels of our education and workforce providers for technical education and employer relationship building; 
4.   Expand manufacturing employer engagement and participation in training programs;
5.  Increase the pipeline of new workers to meet manufacturers’ needs and recruit workers from diverse and underserved backgrounds;
6.   Assist manufacturers with succession planning and incumbent worker training;

Eligibility and Criterion

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as a partnership that may include organizations such as the local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs), Regional Employment Boards (REBs), career centers, community colleges, vocational technical high schools, local/regional employers and/or manufacturing associations and organizations serving veterans, minorities, women and under/unemployed adults.  

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to partner with four-year public and private universities and colleges, comprehensive high schools, economic development associations, other business associations, adult basic education providers and community based organizations.  Lead applicants may be from any one of the above organizations.

The 2015 Round of Advanced Manufacturing Training Grants is now closed.