The Baker-Polito Administration announced on September 18, 2020, a first phase of The Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grants, totaling almost $169,000, which will ultimately lead to increased healthcare training capacity based on regional needs.
The Northeast HealthCare HUB Workforce Consortium, led by the MassHire North Shore Workforce Board in partnership with MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board and MassHire Merrimack Valley Workforce Board received $25,000 to ultimately design programs for targeted healthcare occupations and build capacity around those programs over the next three to six months. The consortium will coordinate with employers in the Northeast region to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the region, develop common goals around which positions are most in-demand, address gaps in training for traditionally underserved populations, assist transitions to online or hybrid training models, and examine licensing requirements.
The Donnelly Workforce Success Grants awarded are funded through the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF), which invests in programs that serve people across Massachusetts whose life experiences and circumstances make it difficult for them to succeed in employment without targeted support. The WCTF is administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.