Today, Labor and Workforce Development Committee Chairs Sen. Jehlen and Rep. Cutler and the Workforce Solutions Group held a virtual briefing to discuss recommendations from a new white paper, “Rapid Reemployment for a Just and Equitable Recovery in Massachusetts.” Participating groups included Boston Indicators, EMPath, I Have a Future, JVS Boston, Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Mass Business Roundtable, Mass. Association for Community Action, Mass. Communities Action Network, Mass Workforce Association, SkillWorks/The Boston Foundation and United Way of Mass Bay.
The report offers 5 recommendations:
1) Expand Technical Training and Work-Based Learning
2) Expand Programs for Speakers of Other Languages
3) Invest in Digital Access, Proficiency and Capacity
4) Fully Fund Workforce System Capacity
5) Prioritize and Fund “Work Supports” to Ensure People Can Enter and Successfully Complete Training Programs
This broad coalition of business, workforce development, community-based organizations, training, philanthropy and research groups aims to use this report to elevate the importance of workforce development and training in state and federal economic recovery discussions.