We’re working to support a seamless system of workforce and education services that builds career pathways for individuals and leads to a more informed, educated, and skilled workforce that meets the Commonwealth’s businesses’ demands and sustains a thriving and diverse labor force.
Joint guidance from the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health & Human Services require each state to develop a four-year strategic plan that brings together agencies funded by the federal government. These agencies together comprise the workforce system, and are termed, "workforce partners."
Collectively, the workforce partners administer workforce programs such as adult education and literacy, vocational rehabilitation that assist individuals with disabilities, youth workforce development, and employment programs for individuals and families on public assistance and/or with barriers to employment. We support migrant farm workers, veterans, workers displaced by a layoff, and all constituents looking for career opportunities. By working directly with small businesses, global businesses, and local industry associations, we execute recruitments,train incoming and incumbent staff, and find highly qualified candidates.The workforce partners are integrating business services and job seeker services to support prosperity in every community in the Commonwealth. Learn about the partners online by clicking the links below.
Your Public Workforce System
Department of Corrections
The Department of Correction oversees the state prison system, managing inmates at 16 institutions across the state.
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education/Adult Community Learning Services
The goal of the Massachusetts public K-12 and adult education system is to prepare all students for success in life.
Department of Transitional Assistance
The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in nine residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities.
Department of Unemployment Assistance
DUA oversees the unemployment insurance (UI) program, which provides temporary income assistance to eligible workers in Massachusetts. DUA also determines and collects employer contributions to the UI program.
EMPath: Economic Mobility Pathways
EMPath transforms people’s lives by helping them move out of poverty and provides other institutions with the tools to systematically do the same.
Executive Office of Education
From pre-school to post-secondary education, the Executive Office of Education works to connect all Massachusetts residents with an education that creates opportunities.
Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Promotes independence, empowerment, and well-being of older people, individuals with disabilities, and their families. We ensure access to the resources you need to live healthy in every community in the Commonwealth.
Executive Office of Health & Human Services
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is the largest secretariat in state government and is comprised of 12 agencies, in addition to 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of the one in four residents of the Commonwealth we serve. Our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.
Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development
EOLWD manages the Commonwealth’s workforce development and labor departments to ensure that workers, employers, and the unemployed have the tools and training needed to succeed in the Massachusetts economy.
MassHire creates and sustains powerful connections between businesses and jobseekers through a statewide network of employment professionals.
Masachusetts Commission for the Blind
MCB provides the highest quality rehabilitation and social services to Massachusetts residents who are blind, leading to their independence and full community participation.
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) helps individuals with disabilities to live and work independently. MRC is responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Living and eligibility determination for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) federal benefits programs.
Senior Community Service Employment Program
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) helps low-income job seekers age 55 and older develop the skills and self-confidence to get jobs and become financially self-sufficient.