ADULT JOB SEEKERS
BAWIB charters and provides administrative oversight of the local One-Stop Career Center, CareerWorks, which is operated by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute. CareerWorks offers job listings, career guidance, labor market information, training and education resources, and tools for job preparation. Resources available on site include computers with internet connections, printers, available telephones, fax machines, and copiers. All workshops and services are focused on assisting individuals through the job search process to compete in today’s job market.
BAWIB works to provide employers access to qualified workers by bringing training resources to the region and fostering collaborations for regional priorities. We also serve as ambassador for the MA Workforce Training fund and conduct training sessions for employers. An additional focus of the Board is to respond to the need for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) resources into our region. Developing new strategies to build the capacity of the region, BAWIB has initiated a wide range of programming for ABE & ESOL residents.
As part of the research for its recent labor force blueprint, the WIB talked with many regional businesses in industries where high job growth is projected. These employers told us that youth graduating from high schools simply do not have the skills they need to function well in even entry-level positions and require additional training beyond those required by industry.