Workforce Development

The key to promoting growth and opportunities is to ensure that residents have the skills employers seek and that businesses are not constrained by a shortage of skilled workers.

 Key Programs and Resources

Urban Agenda Program

Administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Urban Agenda offers flexible grant funding to support creative local partnerships. The program is for neighborhoods across Massachusetts that have developed partnerships that leverage existing economic assets, target specific workforce populations, define their economic development and quality of life goals, and deliver on those goals.

Workforce Regional Labor Market Blueprints

Overseen by the Workforce Skills Cabinet
Blueprints will guide the work of regional partners to address talent gaps and needs in the region. The process and Blueprint can help to: 1) Coordinate and leverage a variety of localized efforts, 2) Improve connectedness between employers, 3) Develop new state level strategies and/or align existing state-level resources.

Workforce Skills Capital Program

Administered by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce
Provides funding for the purchase and installation of equipment and any related improvements and renovations necessary for installation and use of such equipment to support vocational and technical training to upgrade and expand career technical education and training high quality career pathway programs that are aligned to regional economic and workforce development priorities for in-demand industries.

* Additional Programs and Resources

Advanced Manufacturing Training Program

Administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
The Advanced Manufacturing Training Program provides funding to qualifying consortiums to develop, coordinate, and maintain comprehensive manufacturing workforce development systems. Regional systems will provide workforce development services in advanced manufacturing, such as recruitment, job training, placement activities, and supportive services. The program focuses on providing training to unemployed and underemployed individuals, and underrepresented populations including: veterans, minorities, and women.

Community Compact Program

Administered by Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Offices
The Community Compact Program is a voluntary, mutual agreement entered into between the Administration and individual cities and towns. In a Community Compact, a community agrees to implement at least one best practice that they select from across a variety of areas, with several connecting to Economic Development. For example, creating an Economic Development Plan that engages diverse stakeholders, leverages local and regional economic strengths and assets, encourages innovation and entrepreneurship, and/or promotes workforce development planning and implementation.  

Massachusetts Manufacturing Initiative (M2I2)

Administered by MassTech Collaborative
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.

Workforce Training Fund

Administered by Commonwealth Corporation
Provides resources to Massachusetts businesses to fund training for current and newly hired employees.

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