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The Massachusetts Business Coalition on Skills (MBCS), a coalition of 27 diverse business organizations that support strengthening workforce skills development programs and policies, urges you to continue the state’s commitment to workforce skills development in the FY 2023 budget. In particular, the MBCS supports funding line items that will create work-based learning opportunities, support essential skills development, and enhance Career Vocational/Technical Education (CVTE).
Employers embrace experiential learning models because they are proven ways to strengthen both essential and job-specific skills. Models like learn to earn and apprenticeships benefit employees who develop skills in a real work environment. Employers also benefit because they can train employees with the specific skills for their industry or job needs. School-to-career connecting activities are public-private partnerships that provide similar on-the-job learning opportunities for students.
The MBCS supports the following line items in the FY 2023 budget because they fund experiential learning opportunities and programs:
The MBCS prioritizes essential skills development. Often called soft skills, these non-technical skills like communication and adaptability are necessary for career success. The coalition supports the budget funding for Youthbuild, the state’s program that prepares students to enter the workforce with essential skills.
CVTE provides students with technical skills for in-demand jobs. Funding for Career Technical Institutes in H.2 will extend CVTE opportunities to adult learners by opening CVTE facilities during after-school hours for training. This benefits both program participants and employers who are seeking talent amid a shortage of workers. The Career Technical Partnership grants is a new program that would develop career pathways for career technical programs. The MBCS supports funding both line items as proposed in H.2.
Funding these programs in the FY 2023 budget will build on the significant investments in skills development the Legislature already made through the 2022 American Rescue Plan Act funding distribution.