The MassHire Central Region Workforce Board (MCRWB), in coordination with the City of Worcester Purchasing Division, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select a qualified contractor to provide out-of-school youth workforce development services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) and the MassHire Department of Career Services within the Central Massachusetts workforce development region.
The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to build and support a demand driven workforce system that helps job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match companies with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. WIOA makes it easier for the public workforce system to help workers acquire the skills employers need and help employers access the talent pool they need to compete and win in a global economy.
The new legislative provisions are designed to help workers–including those with barriers to employment–access employment, education, job-driven training, and support services; enhance program coordination, streamline service delivery and increase flexibility for governance; improve services to employers; and align programs across common goals and increase accountability and transparency.
WIOA provisions also emphasize quality training that leads to credentials, regional planning and service coordination and implementation of targeted sector-based strategies and career pathway.
The MCRWB is the local Workforce Board authorized by WIOA to oversee the workforce development system in the Central MA Workforce Development Region, consisting of the City of Worcester and 37 surrounding communities. It is housed administratively within the City of Worcester’s Executive Office of Economic Development and the Worcester City Manager is the region’s Chief Elected Official (CEO). The MCRWB’s mission is to promote and develop a workforce system that is responsive to the needs of business and job seekers resulting in increased economic prosperity in the region and the Commonwealth. The MCRWB is authorized by WIOA to conduct the procurement of WOIA Youth Services for the region.
Our goal is to offer WIOA Youth services throughout our region where need exists.
The 38 communities served by the Central MA Workforce Development Region include: Worcester, Auburn, Grafton, Hardwick, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, Northborough, Oakham, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Spencer, Westborough, Boylston, Blackstone, West Boylston, Hopedale, Douglas, Mendon, Millville, Milford, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Brookfield, Charlton, Dudley, East Brookfield, North Brookfield, Oxford, Sturbridge, Warren, Webster, West Brookfield, and Southbridge.