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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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      Mentions: Springfield
    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. ‘Job Readiness’ Is focus of HCC-led Grant Project

      ‘Job Readiness’ Is focus of HCC-led Grant Project

      Holyoke Community College has been awarded a $247,000 grant to help unemployed and underemployed individuals acquire the job-readiness skills they need to secure — and retain — stable employment.  Through this grant from the Mass. Dept. of Higher Education’s Training Resources and Internship Networks initiative — TRAIN — HCC will work with a long list of regional partners to develop a three-stage program that includes pre-training in job readiness, industry-specific training in culinary arts or manufacturing, followed by some kind of work experience with a local employer. Up to 120 individuals from Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties are expected to participate in ...

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    17. With over 2 dozen current job openings, MGM Springfield Career Center moving to 95 State Street

      With over 2 dozen current job openings, MGM Springfield Career Center moving to 95 State Street

      With more than two dozen jobs currently available, MGM Springfield is moving its career center to the company's administrative building located at 95 State St.  Just over a year ago, MGM Springfield opened its career center in the Colvest Building at 1259 East Columbus Ave. with the aim of hiring the 3,000 people needed to operate its $960 million casino in the heart of the city. But now, with just 25 current openings two months after the grand opening, MGM is moving that operation into its own building. "We are excited to be moving closer to the daily ...

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    18. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito addresses Holyoke Chamber, touts public-private partnerships

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito addresses Holyoke Chamber, touts public-private partnerships

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito hailed the public-private partnerships promoted by the Baker administration at the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce's annual Governmental Affairs Luncheon. The Wherehouse? Banquet Hall hosted the chamber's event Thursday. Polito noted the commonwealth's continued collaborations with the business community. She used Holyoke as "Exhibit A" in describing those relations, with the keys being planning, people, places and partnerships. Polito said the state extends grants, low-interest funding and tax credits to businesses that promote expansion, innovation and workforce development.

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    19. Western Mass Employment Collaborative to Hold Job Fair on Oct. 18

      Western Mass Employment Collaborative to Hold Job Fair on Oct. 18

      The Western Mass Employment Collaborative (WMEC), which partners with employers and various agencies to help individuals with disabilities find jobs, will sponsor its annual Job EXPO on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holyoke Community College’s Kittredge Center, Rooms 301 and 303. The purpose of the event is for businesses to meet qualified candidates for their hiring needs and for job seekers to have multiple opportunities to speak to employers about job openings.

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    20. Bartender Classes Begin Oct. 16 at Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute

      As part of a continuing series of non-credit hospitality courses at the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, Holyoke Community College is offering classes this fall for anyone interested in becoming a professional bartender or just looking to perfect classic cocktails at home. The interactive class runs for seven consecutive Tuesdays, Oct. 16 through Nov. 27, from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the culinary institute, 164 Race St., Holyoke. The course will cover all the skills necessary to launch a career as a professional bartender. Students will learn how to handle various types of alcohol and how ...

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    21. Panel Discussion on Skills Gap, Tuition-reimbursement Benefits Slated for Sept. 27

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts and UMass Amherst University Without Walls will host a panel discussion on the workforce skills gap and tuition-reimbursement benefits on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St., Hadley. Industry and workforce-development leaders will detail the current skills gaps facing Western Mass. industries and the impact that employee-friendly educational programs and tuition-reimbursement benefits can have in closing those gaps. University Without Walls (UWW) staff and student panelists will detail how non-traditional higher-education programs can benefit both employees and their employers, helping working adults increase their ...

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    22. MassHire: Employment boards, job centers take on new name, statewide brand

      MassHire: Employment boards, job centers take on new name, statewide brand

      What used to be the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is now the MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board. The former CareerPoint in Holyoke is now the MassHire Holyoke Career Center, and the former FutureWorks is now the MassHire Springfield Career Center. It is all part of a statewide rebranding of Massachusetts' 29 career centers and 16 workforce boards, which used to go by 45 different names. They're now part of the unified MassHire brand, with a consistent logo and themed website addresses and social media handles. It's statewide, so the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board is now ...

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