Berkshire Skills Cabinet

The Berkshire Skills Cabinet updated its Berkshire Blueprint Priority Industries and Occupations in October 2021. Click here for the current chart. Priority Chart 10-21

The Berkshire Skills Cabinet sets regional priorities for funding/initiatives and meets 3-4 times annually. Visit to view upcoming meetings and materials.

November 16, 2021 Berkshire Data SetMA WSC Berkshires convening pre-read materials

On behalf of the Regional Skills Team, the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board has prepared a Berkshire Workforce Blueprint 2020 Update. The following document includes proposed changes to our priority occupations, reporting on resource acquisition and pipeline expansion, a progress report, and a COVID-19 addendum which discusses where our workforce is currently amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Berkshire Workforce Blueprint has been approved by the Commonwealth. The final version can be downloaded below.  The Berkshire Regional Skills Team will continue to convene to discuss strategy implementation. Priority Industries/Occupations chart: Modified Chart (March 2020) 2020 Priority Industries chart 3-20

Original chart: Priority Industries Chart 10-19

Berkshire 2019 Data Package Update – Data Deck Final 10-19  As part of the Regional Workforce Skills Planning Initiative, the labor market data provided in this package will help the Berkshire Skills Cabinet confirm regional high priority industries and occupations and evaluate any new demographic, labor pool, and talent pipeline consideration impacting workforce skills gaps.

Modified Berkshire Workforce Blueprint (June 2019) Metrics revision proposed 4-29-19

Berkshire Priority Industry Asset Mapping (May 2019) Asset mapping 3-19

The MassHire Berkshire Career Center seeking Staffing/Consultant to implement 2018-2019 strategies. The Request for Funding Qualifications can be found below.

On behalf of the Berkshire Regional Skills Team, the MassHire Berkshire Career Center has prepared a DRAFT Berkshire Labor Market Blueprint for submission to the Massachusetts Workforce Skills Cabinet as required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Created by Governor Charles Baker, the Skills Cabinet is comprised of the Secretariats from the Executive Office of Education, Labor and Workforce Development, and Housing and Economic Development, and is charged with creating and implementing a strategy to ensure that individuals can develop and continuously improve their skills and knowledge to meet the varying hiring needs of employers across the Commonwealth.Following a prescribed template as outlined by the state, Berkshire Regional Skills Team, comprised of regional leaders representing the three executive branches and other community leaders, have drafted components of the Blueprint between May 2017-January 2018 The federal legislation requires that the document include a 30-day public comment period.Interested parties can obtain a draft of the Berkshire Labor Market Blueprint by visiting the http://www.BCREB.comBerkshire Blueprint 2018.  Paper copies are also available at the BCREB Office at 66 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 between the hours of 8AM-4PM.

MassHire Berkshire Career Center

66 Allen Street

Pittsfield, MA 01201


All comments will be reviewed and incorporated into the final Berkshire Workforce Blueprint and submitted to the Commonwealth by March 9th, 2018. Thank you in advance for your input.


Goal 1: Align economic, workforce, and education systems to coordinate systems based on skill needs in regions.

The Governor has designated a new set of regional boundaries that roll up existing workforce development areas into a smaller set of regions. The new configuration organizes the 16 Workforce Investment Areas into 7 regions.

MA WIOA Workforce Development Regions

The purpose of the regional planning under the Workforce Skills Cabinet (WSC) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is to use the same regional boundaries between economic development, workforce, education and key partners to identify business demand for skills, create regional strategies, and align existing resources to this process.   The goal is to ensure that regional employers, educators, economic development entities, regional planning organizations and workforce training officials are coordinated in a way that creates strong talent pipelines, for both middle-skilled and highly skilled jobs.  A Labor Market Blueprint with strategies will be developed as an end-product to this process.


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