Franklin Hampshire REB Initiatives FY18
Pioneer Valley Regional Workforce Planning Initiative – Workforce Skills Cabinet
As led and supported by the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, (Secretary Acosta, Secretary Peyser, and Secretary Ash), the Franklin Hampshire REB is working with the REB of Hampden County and a core team of diverse partners to develop a Regional Workforce Plan for the Pioneer Valley. One of 7 such initiatives statewide, the completed plan will include agreement between Education, Economic Development, and Workforce sectors on priority industries, priority occupations, and joint strategies for creating effective career pathways that serve job seekers and business.
STEM Focused Internships for High School Students
A grant from the Executive Office of Education specifically focused on the development of employer-paid STEM internships for in-school youth in the Franklin Hampshire region. The Franklin Hampshire REB was one of five in the state to be funded. The FHREB oversees the School-to-Career (STC) network in both counties. In Hampshire County, services are coordinated through the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, the partner agency who will implement this grant in both Hampshire and Franklin counties.
Summer Jobs and Beyond: Career Pathways for Youth
A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, one of only 11 such awards nationwide, the SJB project supports three targeted high-need high schools (Ware, Orange & Turners Falls) to establish a sequence of Career Development activities for all students by providing technical assistance through the REB’s Youth Pathways Coordinator. Additionally, partner Community Action Youth Programs serves 160+ rising juniors and seniors who will be eligible for summer jobs and intensive educational supports during the school year to ensure their successful completion of high school and transition to career or college.
Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative (MSMI)
In partnership with an array of private sector manufacturing businesses, Greenfield Community College, and Franklin County Technical School, this multi-year project is providing a series of 80 and 300 hour training sessions in foundational and advanced CNC manufacturing. The REB plays a key role in engagement of employer partners, and recruitment, assessment, interviews, coaching and job placement of candidates. The program graduated its 100th CNC student in May 2017 with an overall 84% placement rate. Fund sources include a USDOL National Emergency grant via the MA Department of Career Services, and grants from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.
School-To-Career Connecting Activities Program
Funded through a Connecting Activities/Department of Elementary and Secondary Education grant, this program bolsters the career development education of over 500 students across 16 schools and 50 communities in the region each year. FHREB and Collaborative for Educational Services staff collaborate with Partner Schools and employers to provide students with career exploration and work readiness activities, as well as opportunities to engage in work-based learning experiences.
Mayor of Northampton’s YOUTHWORKS Program
Supported by Governor’s YouthWorks funding, this project helped Community Action Youth Programs place 16 Northampton youth, age 14-21 in public and private sector jobs in Summer 2017, after preparing them the year before with college and career readiness. Each job placement is at least 6-8 weeks in length and governed by a Work-Based Learning Plan. Funding requires 20% in matching funds from the business community.
Additional Employer Advisory Groups…
Regional Clean Energy Workforce Partnership (RCEWP)
A continuation of the FHREB’s successful Northern Tier Energy Sector Partnership program, this group of energy industry employers, trainers, educators and workforce development professionals meets bi-annually to ensure clear and timely communication regarding industry talent and supply and educational alignment with industry needs.
Franklin Hampshire Healthcare Employer Advisory Group
In partnership with Greenfield Community College and the Tripp Memorial Training Collaborative, the FHREB convenes a group of healthcare employers at least once a year to update each other and workforce partners on pressing needs and new strategies for strengthening the healthcare workforce pipeline.