In partnership with National Skills Coalition, the Skills2Compete-Massachusetts campaign seeks to raise awareness of the need to train Massachusetts residents for middle-skill jobs, which require more than high school but not a four-year degree. These jobs make up the largest portion of Massachusetts' labor market. Prior to the recession, Massachusetts was already experiencing shortages of middle-skill workers in crucial industries. With high unemployment throughout the nation, this is precisely the time to ensure Massachusetts is training the middle-skill workforce that will be critical to economic recovery and long-term success.
In September, the Skills2Compete-Massachusetts campaign hosted a Gubernatorial Forum on Investing in Jobs and Opportunity. All four candidates were on hand to share their perspective and ideas for shaping Massachusetts’ economy through workforce development and job creation policy. The event was moderated by Peter Howe of New England Cable News and featured a journalist panel. View photos, watch media coverage, and listen to the candidates themselves.
With National Skills Coalition, released Massachusetts' Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs in July 2010, generating widespread media coverage.
Through its message and vision the campaign has attracted a broad range of endorsers, from labor to education to business, showing that this is an issue that resonates statewide.
Publications and Resources
Listen to audio clips from a press conference about the release of Massachusetts' Forgotten Middle-SkillJobs report.
- Introduction and Report Overview | Jessie Hogg Leslie, Senior Regional Field Director, National Skills Coalition
- Campaign Lead | Loh-Sze Leung, Director, SkillWorks
- Organized Labor Perspective | Tim Sullivan, Director of Communications and Government Relations for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO
- Employer Perspective | Suzanne Bruhn, Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Program Management, Shire Pharmaceutical
- Community College Perspective | Kate Sweeney, Dean of Health Careers, Middlesex Community College
- Training our Workers to Succeed – Today and Tomorrow | LynnField Patch, 01.30.2012
- Business needs partnership with education | The Business Journal of Western Massachusetts, 03.01.2011
- Community colleges vital| Telegram, 09.30.2010
- Watch SkillWorks Interview with Chris Lovett
- Mass. needs to expand support of 'middle-skill' jobs | Mass High Tech Business, 08.18.2010
- Editorial: Middle-skill jobs offer opportunity for Western Massachusetts | The Republican, 08.11.2010
- Study by National Skills Coalition, SkillWorks and the Workforce Solutions Group shows shift toward "middle skill" jobs | The Republican (MassLive.com), 08.09.2010
- Time, skill needed to fix economy | Boston Herald, 08.08.2010
- The trend: More jobs take training. The advice: Don't stop at high school. | Lowell Sun, 07.19.2010
- Middle skills jobs could usher in recovery for Massachusetts | WAMC, 07.15.2010
- 'Middle skill' jobs that pay over $50,000 | Boston Globe, 07.14.2010
- More Mass. jobs will require 'middle skills' | NECN, 07.14.2010
- PhDs need not apply: Middle-skill jobs in demand | Worcester Business Journal, 07.14.2010
- Report: More jobs in Mass. require ‘middle skills’| Associated Press, 07.14.2010
(reprinted in AccountJobs, Boston Herald, MSNBC, South Coast Today, Ventura County Star, Washington Examiner, WBZ-TV CBS, and Worcester Telegram)
- Training needed for mid-level jobs, study says | Boston Globe, 07.14.2010