WIOA FY20 4-year modification public comment.

September 12, 2019

TO:                 Interested Parties
FROM:           Heather P. Boulger, Executive Director
RE:                 Four-Year Local WIOA Plan for Berkshire County

The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board, in partnership with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Area’s Chief Elected Official, Mayor Linda Tyer of Pittsfield submitted a 4-year WIOA plan on February 4, 2019.  Original Plan: Berkshire 4-year plan with signatures 2-19 This 43-page document provided a regional assessment of economic and workforce needs; collaborative efforts; partnerships with education and training; critical emerging industries; alignment with the Berkshire Skills Cabinet; and negotiated goals for adult and youth performance.

The plan was approved by the MassHire Department of Career Services on May 6, 2019, and requires an annual update as outlined in MA Workforce Issuance 100DCS 04.107. In accordance with WIOA §679.580 (b) modifications to the local plan should reflect changes in labor market and economic conditions, and other factors affecting the implementation of the local plan (including changes in economic conditions, financing available to support WIOA services, changes to the local workforce board structure, and the need to revise strategies to meet local performance goals).

The Berkshire Workforce Board has reviewed the 4-year plan on 9/12/19 and has determined that there are no significant changes at this time. There are two additional documents included in the plan, which include:

  • Attachment A – Rapid Response
  • Attachment B – Migrant Seasonal Farmworkers
  • Attachment C – Required Signatory page
  • Attachment D – Affirmation of no significant modification form

Our plan sets the foundation for WIOA principles by fostering strategic alignment, improving service integration and ensuring that the public workforce system is industry-relevant, responding to the economic needs of the local area and matching employers with skilled workers.

The Berkshire Workforce Board is required to provide a 30-day public comment period to solicit input from the community regarding the WIOA 4-year modification plan. Click here: 4-year plan 2020 public comment 9-19 Beginning September 12,  2019, interested parties can obtain the plan by:

All comments must be submitted in writing, no later than October 12, 2019 to:

Heather Boulger, Executive Director

MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board, 66 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Email: Heather@MassHireBerkshire.com / Fax: 413.448.2801

The completed required Local WIOA Plan will be available on the Berkshire Workforce Board website on or after October 13, 2019.

The Chief Elected Official and the Berkshire Workforce Board are seeking public comment on the proposed plan. Interested parties may submit written comments regarding this document to the BWB by September 12, 2019 in order to be included with the plan.   All questions or comments should be directed to Heather Boulger at Heather@MassHireBerkshire.com.

Click here for a copy of the FY20 Plan:FY20 WIOA Plan complete 8-19

Click here for the FY2020 Executive Summary: Exec Summary FY20

The Chief Elected Official and the Berkshire Workforce Board are seeking public comment on the proposed plan. Interested parties may submit written comments regarding this document to the BWB by September 12, 2019 in order to be included with the plan.   All questions or comments should be directed to Heather Boulger at Heather@MassHireBerkshire.com.

Click here for a copy of the FY20 Plan:FY20 WIOA Plan complete 8-19

Click here for the FY2020 Executive Summary: Exec Summary FY20

Current Workforce Business Plan
Current Berkshire Workforce Plan FY2019
Exec Summary FY18 8-17
FY2016 Workforce Plan
FY2015 Workforce Plan
FY2014 Workforce Plan
FY2013 Workforce Plan
Strategic Plan 2016-18 updated 6-17

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Berkshire WIOA 4-Year Plan – FY2020, August 2019

The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board (BWB), in partnership with our Chief Elected Official, Mayor Linda Tyer of Pittsfield, is required to prepare a Fiscal Year 2020 Workforce Development Business Plan for Berkshire County for submission to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. This planning document articulates the region’s priorities and workforce development strategies and revisits the broad scope of how the Workforce Investment Act system will be coordinated with other systems providing employment and training services to improve services for both job seekers and employers.

Click here for the draft FY20 Plan:FY20 WIOA Plan complete 8-19

Click here for the FY20 Executive Summary: Exec Summary FY20

For FY20, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development is requiring only basic elements for the Local Plan in order to permit local areas to implement critical elements of WIOA and to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive four-year Local Plan, as required by WIOA.  Planning for WIOA will be coordinated with other systems providing employment and training services to improve services for both job seekers and employers.

Our region’s workforce development priorities continue to have an emphasis on alignment with BWB goals and initiatives; alignment of program design with local labor market trends to create a demand-driven system; developing career pathways and industry sector strategies; continuous improvement of the One-Stop Career Center system as the primary vehicle for delivering services; integration of WIOA and non-WIOA systems and programs to enhance services for job seekers and employers; minimizing duplication; and improving performance and accountability. The local plan will include performance and participant planning forms and the budget for how funds will be allocated.  The comprehensive plan can be found after September 12, 2019 on the BWB website www.MassHireBerkshire.com.

The Chief Elected Official and the BWB are seeking public comment on the proposed plan. Interested parties may submit written comments regarding this document to the BCREB by September 12, 2019 in order to be included with the plan.   All questions or comments should be directed to Heather Boulger at Heather@MassHireBerkshire.com.

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