The Administration has set forth a clear vision for the Commonwealth’s workforce development system.
All Massachusetts residents will have the competencies, employment skills, and education to support themselves and their families and to live a quality life. All Massachusetts employers will have access to the skilled and educated workforce necessary to remain competitive in a dynamic global economy.
The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) is the state level secretariat responsible for the oversight of the workforce investment funding received through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The Department of Career Services and the Commonwealth Corporation implement specific initiatives related to the workforce development system. These agencies work closely with the Department of Unemployment Assistance to provide support to unemployed citizens within the Commonwealth.
Since the inception of the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in 1998, Massachusetts has adopted a statewide strategy to maximize and leverage workforce development resources through our local Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop Career Centers. In Massachusetts, the One-Stop Career Center system is the cornerstone of service delivery for job development and job search assistance, training referrals and placements, and employer outreach on workforce development services.
Our goal is to ensure coordinated delivery of information and services throughout the system. Pursuant to this goal, a number of state agencies partner with the Department of Career Services and local workforce development service providers to serve all citizens and employers in the Commonwealth.