A key feature of CWC are the regional networking events held three times a year in each of CWC’s five state regions – Boston, Central, Northeast, Southeast, and West. These communities of practice are needed given the regional diversity in Massachusetts in regard to the labor market, public and private resources, support services, and transportation.
CWC works with organizations spanning the whole provider system to ensure they have the tools to help job seekers and their families in their communities thrive. Each year, CWC provides half, full, and multi-day trainings and workshops of a variety of topics for workforce development professionals.
Each year over 300 workforce development professionals from across the state come together for CWC’s annual Sharing Skills~Building Connections conference. The conference provides an opportunity for attendees to improve their workforce programs and practices, build connections across the range of provider systems, share skills and experience, and equip them to better provide employment services to unemployed and underemployed people moving towards economic success.
Commonwealth Workforce Coalition is a statewide program run by UMass Boston’s Center for Social Policy and is dedicated to working with community-based workforce development professionals to ensure they have the tools to help job seekers in their communities. By focusing on building the skills and knowledge within the field, CWC has succeeded in connecting workforce development professionals around the state with the resources required to support communities across the Commonwealth.
Welcome to our Website – if you work with professionals in the community-based education, training, and employment system, we are here to help. You’ll find a variety of training workshops, networking opportunities, and resources available to you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Massachusetts has the most educated workforce in the country, but there are still communities that are being left behind. It is important for the workforce development system to collaborate with other agencies – such as the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education – to increase their opportunities.
Ronald L. Walker, IIMassachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development