EOHED Programs and Grants - Workforce Development

Connecting people to jobs and creating robust pathways to high-value careers is key to economic development in the Commonwealth. In order to accomplish this goal, it is critical that the Commonwealth focus on improving the ability of students and adult learners to develop marketable skills, access high-quality training, and earn credentials in pathways that support economic mobility. 

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Skills & Pathways

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development with MassTech

  • Advanced Manufacturing Training Program - The Advanced Manufacturing Training Program provides funding to qualifying consortiums to develop, coordinate, and maintain comprehensive manufacturing workforce development systems.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC)

  • Internship Challenge - The Internship Challenge enhances the talent pipeline for the Massachusetts life sciences industry by creating hundreds of new internship opportunities each year for college students and recent graduates interested in life sciences careers. The workforce development program connects employers with prospective interns through an online platform and enables eligible companies to pay their interns for up to twelve weeks by subsidizing intern wages.
  • STEM Equipment - MLSC awards grant funding to schools and curriculum providers for the purpose of teacher professional development and the purchase of equipment, materials, supplies, and technology needed to support new or expanded curriculum.
  • High School Apprenticeships Challenge - The High School Apprenticeship Challenge facilitates and funds paid internships for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged high school students throughout Massachusetts.
  • Data Science Internship Program - The Data Science Internship Program focuses on increasing the availability of data science talent in the life sciences. The program creates new internship opportunities for qualified candidates, including those at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels, by enabling research institutions and companies to hire paid interns for up to six months.
  • Project Onramp - As part of an ongoing and strategic effort to support the development of a diverse workforce talent pipeline for the life sciences industry, the MLSC partnered with MassBio, MassBioEd, Life Science Cares, and Bottom Line to launch Project Onramp. The pilot program encouraged life sciences employers to hire black and Latinx interns who are first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds. 

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech)

  • Intern Partnership - The MassTech Intern Partnership (MTIP) program provides stipends to digital technology companies that are starting and scaling-up across Massachusetts to directly support internships for Massachusetts college and graduate students.
  • Tech Talent Diversity Initiative - Offers applicants the opportunity to propose creative projects to increase the successful placement and retention of talent for tech internships, apprenticeships, and any entry-level tech sector jobs from underrepresented groups such as women, African American, or Hispanic individuals
  • M2I2 Workforce - Supports advanced manufacturing projects and discovery centers, advancing innovations and job growth within the state through cross-collaboration among companies, universities, national labs, government, incubators and other academic and training institutions. These projects specifically support projects from the federal Manufacturing USA program.
  • Massachusetts Cybersecurity Mentorship Program - The MassCyberCenter created the Cybersecurity Mentorship Program to provide opportunities for diverse Massachusetts undergraduate college students to learn about careers in cybersecurity and develop their professional networks through direct engagement with industry professionals. 

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