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April 25, 2022
The Massachusetts Business Coalition on Skills (MBCS), a coalition of 27 diverse business organizations that support strengthening workforce skills development programs and policies, appreciates the House Ways and Means Committee’s efforts to prioritize reskilling our workforce of today and tomorrow in the FY 2023 budget. The MBCS is encouraged to see these important proposed investments, which includes $38,209,819 to fund line items that will create work-based learning opportunities, support essential skills development, and enhance Career Vocational/Technical Education (CVTE). The coalition urges the legislature to maintain these proposed funding levels and adopt Amendment #334, which would require Career Technical Institutes Reporting.
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.
Essential Skills Development
Essential skills, also known as non-technical skills, are critical for career success. The coalition supports funding YouthBuild, the state’s program that prepares students to enter the workforce and provides development of essential skills and urges you to maintain the increased funding of $3,000,000.
CVTE provides students with technical skills for in-demand jobs. Funding for Career Technical Institutes 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 urges the continued funding levels for the line items for Career Technical Institutes and Career Technical Partnership grants.
The coalition urges the adoption of Amendment #334, which would amend line item 7002-1091. This Amendment would require the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development submit a report on vocational technical schools that are operating career technical institutes. With this reporting requirement, critical information regarding the impact of the CVTE on employment outcomes will be shared to help improve the future of technical skills training.
Massachusetts Business Coalition on Skills