Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint
The Pioneer Valley Supply and Demand Data as of October 8, 2019 will help the Pioneer Valley Regional team confirm regional high priority industries and occupations and evaluate any new demographic, labor pool, and talent pipeline considerations impacting workforce skills gaps.
The Educator Work Group
The Educator Work Group is a sub-group of the Pioneer Valley Regional Planning Blueprint team. The group currently consists of three community colleges, a state university, and representative secondary schools in the region. They serve to advise the Core Regional Planning team about needs and trends in the educational sector and to provide information on current and planned education and training programs related to workforce.
During the summer of 2020, in partnership with the regions, vocational technical high schools, three regional Community Colleges, and Westfield State University, the Regional Planning Blueprint Educator Work Group developed an Inventory of the technical programs/courses conducted at those educational institutions that are associated with the Priority Industries and Other Critical Industries identified in the Blueprint. The information was summarized and compiled into the Summary Report of Technical Programs.
The Educator Work Group has also developed Career Pathways Maps (see below) for the three Priority Industries that contain additional and complementary information, including general links to costs and student financial aid. The career pathways maps complement the information and data contained in both the Blueprint and the new Summary Report of Technical Programs.
For counselors providing career assistance and looking to learn more about priority occupations within the three priority industries, job descriptions, and salary ranges, please follow the links to our priority industry pages:
Summary of the Technical Programs
A Summary Report of the technical programs/courses conducted at the regional community colleges and vocational technical high schools, with additional information on specific courses at Westfield State University, was produced by the MassHire Workforce Boards of Franklin-Hampshire and Hampden Counties as part of the implementation of the Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint- 2018-2022.
Massachusetts Regional Workforce Development Planning
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.