1. Articles in category: Workforce

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    1. Job expo features dozens of companies

      Job expo features dozens of companies

      Dozens of area companies will be on hand at the “Get a New Career at The Keeping Western Mass Working” Job Expo today from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Center Court of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. MassHire Springfield Career Center is sponsoring the event along with Entercom Communications Springfield and Radio.Com

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    2. Creating pathways: Springfield’s Tech Foundry celebrates latest graduates, $50K grant from MassTech

      Creating pathways: Springfield’s Tech Foundry celebrates latest graduates, $50K grant from MassTech

      Before she started training at Tech Foundry, Damaris Ortiz of Springfield didn’t know how to leap from classes at Springfield Technical Community College into the career she wanted working with computers. Erwin Bates of Ludlow was laid off in December and didn’t want to go back to the factory jobs he’d had since getting out of the Marines in 1994. "I'd always been interested in IT, hobby programming, learning on my own time," Bates said.

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    3. Workforce, market-rate housing at South Hadley plaza will be driven by market need, owners say

      Workforce, market-rate housing at South Hadley plaza will be driven by market need, owners say

      Workforce housing, subsidized units targeted to households making about 80% of the community’s median income, will be part of the 72-unit apartment building proposed Wednesday for the former Big Y site in the Woodlawn Plaza, 501 Newton St. And the plaza owners hope to have Springfield-based Wayfinders housing agency manage the building. The building will be called The Park at Woodlawn, according to drawings shared Wednesday. It will be four stories tall and cover about a three-acre portion of the property.

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    4. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, employers, to talk work force development at STCC

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, employers, to talk work force development at STCC

      Employers will gather Monday at Springfield Technical Community College to talk about preparing potential applicants for jobs that businesses are having trouble filling. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is the keynote speaker. The event is organized by the college and the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association, a local trade organization of precision manufacturers.

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    5. The Economic Development Council/Springfield WORKS seeking full-time Commonwealth Corp Service Members

      The Economic Development Council/Springfield WORKS seeking full-time Commonwealth Corp Service Members

      The Economic Development Council Western Mass/Springfield WORKS to host two full-time Commonwealth Corps service minded interns to serve as Community Alignment Specialists for the Springfield WORKS Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Working Cities Challenge initiative.  The Commonwealth Corps Community Alignment Specialists will build and align partnerships to promote two generation and whole family approach to jobs with residents, employers, education institutions, City and community leaders.  

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    6. Savage Arms of Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke train workers through state grants

      Savage Arms of Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke train workers through state grants

      With $287,000 in state grant money, two local companies are having employees trained through Training & Workforce Options, a collaborative workforce development program at Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College.Westfield-based firearms manufacturer Savage Arms received $238,485 from the state’s Workforce Training Fund for customized training for 67 workers, according to a press release. Employees are training now on computer numerical control (CNC) machines at STCC’s Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center, a machine-tool lab and classroom complex at the Springfield Technology Park.

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    7. Training & Workforce Options Helps Secure Funds to Train Workers at Two Companies

      Training & Workforce Options Helps Secure Funds to Train Workers at Two Companies

      Training & Workforce Options (TWO) helped obtain grants to train workers at Savage Arms in Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke. In March, the Baker-Polito administration announced the awarding of $7.48 million in Workforce Training Fund Program grants that will fund training for almost 6,000 workers and is expected to create more than 1,100 new jobs in the Commonwealth over the next two years. The awarded grants included $238,485 for customized training for 67 workers at Savage Arms and $48,820 to train 72 workers at Conklin Office Furniture.

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    8. Bay Path to Host Workshop on May 6 to Help Women Re-enter the Workforce

      Bay Path to Host Workshop on May 6 to Help Women Re-enter the Workforce

      Looking to return to work after an extended absence? You need to understand your professional story — and how to tell it. On Monday, May 6, Bay Path University will host “The Next Chapter: Transitioning Back to Work After an Extended Absence.” This session, presented by Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University and Johnson & Hill Staffing, and in partnership with the Bay Path University Advisory Council, is designed for women in all industries and at all levels of their career looking to make a return to the workforce.

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    9. United Personnel Aims to Make Life Easier for Clients

      United Personnel Aims to Make Life Easier for Clients

      At its core, the mission of a staffing agency is to connect employers with job seekers — a task United Personnel has tackled with success for 35 years. But creating those matches doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Rather, building a healthy workforce is a region-wide effort that makes demands of employers, colleges, training programs, K-to-12 schools, and lawmakers. United Personnel President Tricia Canavan recognizes this big picture — and her firm’s role in closing the gaps.

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    10. Work Opportunity Center Cuts Ribbon on Facility in Springfield

      Work Opportunity Center Cuts Ribbon on Facility in Springfield

      Work Opportunity Center Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 8 at its newly purchased and renovated community-based day-services (CBDS) facility located at 73 Marketplace in Springfield. Established in 1969, Work Opportunity Center Inc. (WOC) initially served its participants through a center-based work-service model. Community-based day services were added in the summer of 2014. In June 2016, center-based work services were discontinued for all participants, and those services were converted to CBDS. As of March 14, 2019, there are approximately 84 individuals participating in WOC CBDS services. Last month, 34 program participants and six staff members transferred from the WOC ...

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    11. YouthWorks Program Seeks Employers to Participate in Summer-jobs Program

      YouthWorks Program Seeks Employers to Participate in Summer-jobs Program

      The MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board will hold a press conference on Friday, April 5 to launch its 2019 YouthWorks summer-jobs campaign. The event will take place at 1 p.m. at the Reed Institute, located at 152 Notre Dame St., Westfield. The agency’s goal is to place up to 800 youth in summer jobs. Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan will be joined by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, and Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos to announce the summer youth-employment initiative. Also in attendance will be state Sen. James Welch and state Reps. Joseph Wagner, John Velis, Jose ...

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    12. United Personnel Wins ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Staffing Client And Talent Awards

      United Personnel Wins ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Staffing Client And Talent Awards

      United Personnel announced it has won the Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards from ClearyRated, formerly known as Inavero. These awards were granted to United Personnel for the second year in a row for providing superior service to its clients and placed talent. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings by their clients and the candidates they’ve helped find jobs. On average, clients of winning agencies are 2.2 times more likely to be completely satisfied, and candidates who have been ...

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    13. Free Training Opportunity: TRAIN Program

      Essential Work Skills Training: Develop the skills most asked for by employers.

      • Job Search Skills: resume, online jobs, interviewing, mock interviews
      • Math and Reading: a basic refresher & culinary and manufacturing math
      • Career Exploration: learn about in demand industries and find out which is a good fit
      • Financial Empowerment: be prepared for transitions in benefits & manage your earnings
      • Customer Service: earn the Certified Guest Service Professional credential
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    14. HCC Secures Grant to Create Hotel Training Lab

      HCC Secures Grant to Create Hotel Training Lab

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) secured a $35,000 grant to establish a hotel training lab on the second floor of the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. The award, announced by Gov. Charlie Baker and other administration officials, comes from the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program, which funds the purchase of new equipment for educational initiatives linked to workforce needs. The lab will be set up like a hotel reception area with front desk and adjoining guest room and equipped with up-to-date technology and software. It will be used for non-credit workforce-training programs as well as credit-based associate degree and certificate ...

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    15. Massachusetts thinks regionally about manufacturing workforce; ‘413’ gets $650K to school for jobs

      Massachusetts thinks regionally about manufacturing workforce; ‘413’ gets $650K to school for jobs

      Precision manufacturers recruiting workers with much-needed skills look across the region, not community by community. Now, with the most recent set of grants from the state’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Program, the agencies that train unemployed and underemployed adults for those jobs are thinking regionally as well. “We are going to be looking all across the 413 area code, which is not something that has been done before,” said David M. Cruise, MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board president and CEO. “We think this makes great sense because it consolidates the boards into regions, and the regions, we think, are reflective ...

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    16. Springfield Works, with pilot program taking 2-generation approach to job readiness, wins 1 of 9 Massachusetts Urban Agenda Program grants

      Springfield Works, with pilot program taking 2-generation approach to job readiness, wins 1 of 9 Massachusetts Urban Agenda Program grants

      The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts' Springfield Works program uses an online portal to match job seekers with opportunities and training to better their chances of landing a good job. Now, with the help of Holyoke-Chicopee-Springfield Head Start and Dress for Success Western Massachusetts, Springfield Works will provide the early education programs needed for a whole family to work its way out of poverty. Springfield Works received a $75,000 grant Thursday from the state, one of nine programs sharing $500,000 from the Urban Agenda Program.

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    17. With Talent Scarce, Many Employers Are Laboring to Fill Positions

      With Talent Scarce, Many Employers Are Laboring to Fill Positions

      Meredith Wise says it’s probably not a recent addition to the business lexicon. But it was certainly new to her when she heard it the first time. ‘Ghosting’ is the phrase in question, and it refers to a situation where an individual applies for a job, is given an offer, accepts the offer, passes a drug test, is given a starting date, accepts the starting date, and when it comes … he or she just doesn’t show up for work.

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    18. Statistics show MGM Springfield exceeding goals for local hiring, workforce diversity

      Statistics show MGM Springfield exceeding goals for local hiring, workforce diversity

      MGM Springfield, in its first quarterly report since opening Aug. 24, said Thursday that it is meeting and exceeding its goals for local hiring and workforce diversity related both to its operations and completed construction work. Representatives of MGM Springfield including President Michael Mathis presented the quarterly report during a Massachusetts Gaming Commission meeting at the MassMutual Center on Main Street. As of Oct. 10, covering the most recent quarterly report, hiring of Springfield residents was at 38.4 percent, compared to the goal of 35 percent, Mathis said.

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    19. To Keep Top Talent, Employers Need to Consider Work-life Balance

      To Keep Top Talent, Employers Need to Consider Work-life Balance

      In its 2019 National Business Trends Survey, the EEA aimed to determine the top five most important factors prospective employees are looking for, with the goal of assisting employers with recruitment and retention. The top five factors included, in order, competitive pay (named by 82% of respondents), good work/life balance (69.2 %), flexibility in work hours (56.1%), opportunities for advancement (55.4%), and competitive health benefits (49.9%). “The shortage of labor will be a key factor for employers in 2019,” said Phil Brandt, who chairs the EAA board of directors. “How employers will fill those new jobs ...

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    20. Initiative Aims to Make Individuals Workforce-ready

      Initiative Aims to Make Individuals Workforce-ready

      “We’ve been hearing this for years, but it had just reached a boiling point.” That’s how Kermit Dunkelberg chose to sum up the conversation in this region regarding how many individuals lack the soft skills and the essential skills needed to be workforce-ready. This ‘boiling point’ status helped inspire a regional response to a request for proposals for state funding — and a $247,000 grant aimed at putting more qualified workers in the pipeline.

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    21. The Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint

      The Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint

      As you know, the Workforce Skills Cabinet (WSC) is requiring a Mid-Point Report be submitted to the WSC by December 15, 2018.  We have been given a template to follow and are aggressively assembling the required collateral to form our narrative.  We are excited about sharing with the WSC the progress that has been made since we began the Implementation phase in the late spring, 2018.  As with the Blueprint, we expect the Secretary’s and/or their staff and others will review the Mid-Point Report and share their thoughts with us.  We continue to believe that as we begin ...

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    22. Ambitious Project will Address Workforce Needs, Security Issues in the Supply Chain

      Ambitious Project will Address Workforce Needs, Security Issues in the Supply Chain

      A group of regional partners, led by Bay Path University, has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Mass. Technology Collaborative for a pilot program that will address a host of identified issues — from a critical shortage of workers in the cybersecurity field to the need for smaller manufacturers to become more cyber secure if they are going to keep doing business with their customers in the defense, aerospace, and other sectors.

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