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.

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 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 the FY20 Berkshire WIOA plan: FY20 WIOA Plan complete 8-19