The REB is Building a Better Workforce
by developing our talent at all levels.

What’s New

Pioneer Valley Regional Planning – A Draft Labor Market Blueprint – Click here to go to the page to open/download the Draft Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint.  Accepting comments through March 2, 1018!

FY18 Annual WIOA Plan – Click here to go to the page to open/download the FY18 Hampden County WIOA Workforce Operational Plan – see relevant links to the right!   ALSO, see same page for link to EOLWD/DCS posting of other Local Plan Information.

The City of Springfield is funding a Construction Skills Training Program and a Manufacturing-Fabrication Training Program for city residents. Both programs begin in February 2018. Click on the links for more information.

The REB launched three Advanced Manufacturing Training Programs in January at Chicopee Comprehensive High School in Chicopee, Pathfinder Vocational High School in Palmer and the Westfield Technical Academy in Westfield. These programs will provide training in to qualify as an entry-level CNC Machine set-up technician and machine operator. Programs will be completing  April-June 2018.  For more information click here.

MA Workforce Training Fund — Click here to find out more about the new On-The-Job Training (OJT) Program that has replaced the Hiring Incentive Training Program.

REBHC 2016 Manufacturing Technology Adoption Survey — Click here to read about our work in the advanced manufacturing sector and to see the survey report!

REB Strategic Plan — Click here to read about and download the Strategic Plan covering July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020 as well as the Scoreboard & Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)!

REB Board Member-Only Page — Remember to create your registration for access to materials for Board members (see bottom of page!)

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Regional Economy

Business West May, 2017 Article, re:  Job Market Status — Interviews with REB’s David Cruise and Larry Martin, FutureWorks Career Center Director Kevin Lynn and Employers Association of the Northeast President and REB Board Member Meredith Wise.


The Regional Employment Board has updated our website to include a new and improved Hampden County Labor Market Information section comprised of occupational data, educational attainment, industry and business data, labor force demographics, labor market information and a REB LMI Data Partner Portal.

Regional Workforce Development Planning–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 to better align economic, workforce, and education systems to coordinate systems based on skill needs in regions. Click here for more information.




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