Workforce Business Plan

Berkshire County Workforce Development Business Plan

Fiscal Year 2017 Submitted Plan

Berkshire County Workforce Development Business Plan

Fiscal Year 2017 Executive Summary

The Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc. (BCREB), in partnership with our Chief Elected Official, Mayor Linda Tyer of Pittsfield, is required to prepare a Fiscal Year 2017 Workforce Development Business Plan for Berkshire County for submission to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. This planning document articulates the region’s priorities and workforce development strategies and revisits the broad scope of how the Workforce Investment Act system will be coordinated with other systems providing employment and training services to improve services for both job seekers and employers.

For FY17, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development is requiring only basic elements for the Local Plan in order to permit local areas to implement critical elements of WIOA and to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive four-year Local Plan, as required by WIOA, for Fiscal Year 2018. The local plan will include performance and participant planning forms and the budget for how funds will be allocated. The comprehensive plan can be found after July 15, 2016 on the BCREB website

The Chief Elected Official and the BCREB are seeking public comment on the proposed plan. Interested parties may submit written comments regarding this document to the BCREB by July 15th, 2016 in order to be included with the plan. All questions or comments should be directed to Heather Boulger at

WIOA FY17 Anticipated Allocations

Grant Source Berkshire County


Berkshire County FY17 Difference from 2016 % change from 2016
Adult $289,259.00 $284,977.00 $(4,282.00) -1.5%
Dislocated Worker $461,667.00 $363,588.00 $(98,079.00) -21.2%
Youth $283,881.00 $286,329.00 $2,448.00 0.9%
Wagner Peyser 10% $16,256


$16,457 $201 1.2%
Wagner Peyser 90% $188,778


$191,119 $2,341 1.2%
Total LWIB $1,239,841 $1,142,470 $(97,371) -7.9%
State One-Stop Allocation $150,000 $ TBD
*WIB Portion $86,256 WIOA

& WP10%

$80K WIOA & WP10% $201 -7.3%

The state line item monies are just an estimate at this time as the state budget is being finalized and the final allocations to the region are not yet known.

Berkshire Works will be open Monday-Thursday from 8AM-4PM and on Fridays from 9AM to 4PM (Staff meeting from 8-9AM). There will be services provided at North Adams City Hall on Mondays from 8:30AM-2PM and in Great Barrington at Berkshire Community South Campus on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 9AM-12PM. Unemployment Insurance Assistance will be provided Mondays-Wednesdays from 8AM-1PM, Thursdays from 1-4PM, and Fridays from 9AM-1PM.

The Berkshire County Individual Training Accounts will be capped at $6,500. Training opportunities include a customer-choice driven form of training vouchers that will help pay for the costs of approved training programs.

Below are the performance goals based on current goals and are subject to change.

Title I Adults:                        Approximately 30 adults will be served in FY17. Goal of 25 participants to enter training and 19 to enter employment.

Proposed Performance Goals:

  • Entered employment rate:                               79%
  • Retention rate                                                  80%
  • Average Earnings                                            $12.00/hr

Adult job seekers will have access to a broad array of services from a comprehensive assortment of employment programs. WIOA provides for basic core services, which are available to all job seekers, and additional intensive and training services may be available to persons who meet certain eligibility criteria.

On-the-Job Training (OJT) opportunities are also available which is occupation specific training provided by an employer for a limited duration.

Additional collaborations included the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education funded adult education and post-secondary vocational education; Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and Commission for the Blind vocational rehabilitation for persons with disabilities; Department of Transitional Assistance funded education and training services to public assistance and food stamp recipients; and Title V services to older workers.

Title I Dislocated Workers:  Approximately 91 dislocated workers will be served in FY17. Goal of 47participants entering training.


Proposed Performance Goals:

  • Entered employment rate:                               80%
  • Employment retention rate                             88%
  • Average Earnings                                           $16.80/hr

Dislocated workers are those who have been permanently laid off or have received a notice of termination or layoff from employment and are eligible for the same WIOA core, intensive and training services provided to Title I Adults. Other training resources include National Emergency Grants for targeted company lay-offs, On-the-Job Training, Workforce Competiveness Trust Fund grant, and other industry-specific training grants in the region.

Title I Youth Programs:       Approximately 58 youth will be served in FY17

Proposed Performance Goals:

  • Entered employment rate:                               76%
  • Degree or certificate attainment                     72%

Youth programs are selected through a competitive bidding process and target low income, at-risk youth ages 14-21 who are in-school or out-of-school. Key services to in-school youth are dropout prevention; academic support; career and leadership development; work experience; and case management services that link youth to other community resources and youth partnering agencies. Primary outcomes for in-school youth are successful completion of high school with a transition to employment and/or post secondary education and attainment of a degree or certificate/credential.

Key services to out-of-school youth include programs that raise educational attainment levels and provide academic support; occupational skills development; career and leadership development; work experience; and case management services that link youth to other community resources and youth partnering agencies. The primary outcomes for out-of school youth are transition to employment and/or post-secondary education, attainment of a degree or certificate/credential and literacy/numeracy gains.

The Berkshire Region works closely with the Department of Social Services and Department of Youth Services to better coordinate dropout prevention and reintegration activities. Additional collaborations for youth include School-to-Career Connecting Activities programming which encompasses 12 school districts in providing internships to high-school students; Youth Works which places low-income, at-risk youth from Pittsfield into summer jobs; and the Berkshire Reconnect Center which works with youth to reconnect them to school, develop alternatives and/or identifies employment opportunities.


Approximately 2,880 individuals will receive labor exchange services in FY17
Approximately 430 employers will be served with 375 listings job orders.

Persons with Disabilities served                     195
Unemployment Insurance                               1420
Veterans served                                              190

Wagner-Peyser provides universal access to core services as delivered through the One-Stop Career Center and an integrated array of labor exchange service activities between the job seeker and employer.

The Berkshire Region will continue to be closely aligned with our economic development partners and implement strong business outreach and employer services programming to help connect our companies with training opportunities including the Workforce Training Fund, Hiring Incentive Training Grants, WTFP Express, Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, and other industry-sector training programs.


FY2016 Workforce Plan

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FY2014 Workforce Plan

FY2013 Workforce Plan