Career Development and Training in Massachusetts

Career Development and Training in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Career Information System

Massachusetts Career Information System, or MASSCIS, is an online tool designed to assist individuals discover what career paths they are most suited for. In-depth, occupational descriptions along with the educational requirements and skill sets needed for each are included in a comprehensive catalog.

Databases are available to access appropriate educational institutions, on-the-job training, funding sources, and employers. Personality, work habit, and skill assessments are a unique means of deciding whether the career fits into one's work/life balance. To take advantage of all that MASSCIS has to offer, visit masscis.intocareers.org.

Boston Private Industry Council

The Boston Private Industry Council (BPIC) is responsible for two employment initiatives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area. At inception, the mission was to grow an educated workforce to fit Boston's economic and community needs. Thus, The Boston Compact was formed. It continues to thrive under the council's guidance.

In the 1990s, BPIC was tasked with Workforce Investment Board (WIB) oversight. The WIB is part of the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) which was created to fund workforce training, job seeker services, employer recruiting assistance and social services counseling.

The Boston Compact

BPIC was founded in the late 1970s by a private banker who believed that getting the business community involved in education was essential to creating future generations of highly-qualified individuals prepared to meet workplace demand. Several prolific projects developed between students, local public school systems, colleges, community organizations and private businesses.

Subsequently, in the mid-1990s, the federal government became involved when Boston's initial programs proved to be overwhelming successes. The School-to-Work Opportunities Act was put into place in 1994 officially connecting the Departments of Education and Labor.

Today, youth and adults benefit from the BPIC partnership between education and the workplace. BPIC strives to identify community gaps and forecast business needs. Then, BPIC creates educational curricula and hands-on instruction based on filling those voids. When this is accomplished, Boston's businesses get an expert workforce while residents obtain well-paying careers due to thriving commerce.

WIB

BPIC's role is to manage, execute, and report on the federally mandated WIB programs. The federal government is beginning to move oversight of many of the WIA programs to state and local levels.

BPIC is responsible for the three One-Stop Career Centers (OSCC) covering Greater Boston. Worker resources include job databases, training programs, resume and interview assistance. Employers have access to recruiting tools such as job fairs, applicant pre-screening and skill assessments, and skill refresher workshops for existing employees.

Each OSCC has its own web site and event calendar. To access each OSCC from the BPIC web site, visit the Boston OSCC page at www.bostonpic.org/adults/one-stop-career-centers. To learn more about all BPIC offers Greater Boston, contact their web site at www.bostonpic.org/about.

Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Law – Section 30

Section 30 of the Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Law allows claimants to participate in approved education and career training programs in lieu of spending the mandated amount of time actively searching for work. Collection of unemployment insurance benefits will not cease during the workforce development period.

Certain requirements must be met to participate in Section 30 waivers. For more information, visit www.mass.gov/lwd/employment-services/business-training-support/trainingpro/training-opportunities-program-section-30.html.