One-Stop Career Center RFP One Stop 10-20  – Due December 2, 2020
RFP Corrections will be listed here: No updates
Questions and Answers will be listed here (updated weekly until November 25, 2020)
Mandatory Letter of Intent Form 2020 – due November 19, 2020
RFP Attachments 10-20(word format)

RFP Budget (excel)

Bidder’s Conference information will be listed here:

All questions relating to this RFP must be emailed to Heather@MassHireBerkshire.com or mailed to WIOA Selection Committee, MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board, 66 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. No phone calls or voice messages will be accepted. Thank you.

One-Stop Career Center RFP Issued: October 16, 2020. Applications due December 2, 2020 by 12(noon)

RFP One Stop 10-20
ONE STOP CAREER CENTER OPERATIONS/SERVICE PROVIDER

The Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc. (BCREB) doing business as the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board and Chief Elected Official (CEO) are seeking proposals from experienced organizations to provide Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services to include career center operations/services to adults, dislocated workers, and youth within the 32 County communities in the Berkshire Workforce Development Area. The provision of these services is to be funded by WIOA, Title I, Public Law 113-128, which began July 1, 2015 and is authorized as workforce law at the federal level through September 2020. Services must, at minimum, include WIOA goals and reference to related shared partner services, and must be delivered in an integrated model. A copy of the WIOA regulations is available at https://www.doleta.gov/WIOA/

Workforce development organizations with or without previous experience as a contractor are encouraged to submit proposals. Services offered shall be delivered through a One Stop Delivery system that provides access to citizens across Berkshire County, while still maintaining a goal of operational efficiency and cost effectiveness.

The BCREB seeks to award a one year contract renewable for an additional three years, assuming satisfactory performance. All proposals must be submitted no later than 12:00 (noon) p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. A Bidders Conference will be held virtually on November 5, 2020 at 10am by registering at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEude6spzkoGNW4NYt7oQaftGQqvPHbKrwO

All relevant RFP materials will be available on line only.  The answers to technical questions raised in the Bidders Conference or emailed to Heather@MassHireBerkshire.com by that date will be posted on the https://www.masshireberkshire.com website.

A mandatory Letter of Intent to Bid is due November 19, 2020 (see RFP). The RFP explaining what is requested, who is eligible to apply, and how to apply is attached and also available at https://masshireberkshire.com/about/governance-downloads/

All questions relating to the RFP must be emailed to Heather@MassHireBerkshire.com or mailed to WIOA Selection Committee, MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board, 66 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. No phone calls or voice messages will be accepted.

Thank you for your interest

Berkshire FY2021 Executive Summary – Exec Summary FY21

FY21 – Negotiations ApprovalApproved Performance Goals 10-20

Berkshire FY2021 WIOA Plan – Effective August 10, 2020, the FY2021 WIOA Plan is available for public comment. Please forward any comments to Info@MassHireBerkshire.com by September 9, 2020 to be included with the final plan. FY2021 WIOA Plan 8-20

Berkshire is also negotiating performance measures for FY21 which can be found here (posted 8/21/20): M1 Performance Negotiations 8-20

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

Berkshire FY2020 WIOA Plan Exec Summary FY20

Berkshire Workforce Plan FY2019

Berkshire Workforce Blueprint 2020 Priority Industry Sectors2020-Priority-Industries-chart-3-20

Berkshire Workforce Blueprint (2019-2020) – The region’s workforce, education, and economic development strategy. Berkshire-Bluprint-final-3-30-18-2

Strategic Plan 2016-18 updated 6-17

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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