The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board oversees federal Workforce Innovations & Opportunities Act (WIOA) funding serving eligible In-School and Out-of-School youth in Berkshire County.
WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. This programming is most imperative for Berkshire County as it serves as one of many workforce development initiatives in addressing the region’s population decline, widening skills gap and low youth employment rate. WIOA outlines a broader youth vision that supports an integrated service delivery system and provides a framework through which local areas can leverage other federal, state, local, and philanthropic resources to support in-school youth (ISY) and out-of-school youth (OSY). WIOA charges local workforce areas to provide a continuum of high-quality, evidence-based services and programs for all youth and young adults, including career exploration and guidance, continuous support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in high-demand industries and occupations, placement in secure jobs along a career pathway and enrollment in post-secondary education.
2021 WIOA Youth Programming is being implemented through the following organization:
Out-of-School WIOA programming serves eligible youth ages 16-24 who are no longer enrolled in school having dropped out or are not enrolled in post secondary education/training.
Youth are provided with essential college & career development and training leading to employment, post-secondary placement, life skill development and HiSet attainment.Youth have access to related services including the Young Parents Program, DTA Skills Program and Post Employment Services.