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Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc. (BCREB)
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

RFP #2017-01

ONE STOP CAREER CENTER OPERATIONS/SERVICE PROVIDER

The Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc. (BCREB) and Chief Elected Official (CEO) are seeking proposals from experienced organizations to provide Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services to include career center operations/services to adults, dislocated workers, and youth within the 32 County communities in the Berkshire Workforce Development Area. The provision of these services is to be funded by WIOA, Title I, Public Law 113-128, which began July 1, 2015 and is authorized as workforce law at the federal level through September 2020. Services must, at minimum, include WIOA goals and reference to related shared partner services, and must be delivered in an integrated model. A copy of the WIOA regulations is available at https://www.doleta.gov/WIOA/

Workforce development organizations with or without previous experience as a contractor are encouraged to submit proposals. Services offered shall be delivered through a One Stop Delivery system that provides access to citizens across Berkshire County, while still maintaining a goal of operational efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Approximately $650,000 in core funding for Adult, Dislocated Workers, and Youth Framework services is expected to be available in FY18.The BCREB seeks to award a one year contract renewable for an additional three years, assuming satisfactory performance. All proposals must be submitted no later than 12:00 (noon) p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, 2016. A Bidders Conference will be held Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10am at the BCREB office: 66 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. No hard copy RFP materials will be available. All are online. The answers to technical questions raised in the Bidders Conference or emailed to info@BerkshireREB.org by that date will be posted on the BCREB.com website.

A mandatory Letter of Intent to Bid is due Friday, October 7, 2016 (see RFP). Send to info@BerkshireREB.org with Return Receipt requested.

The RFP explaining what is requested, who is eligible to apply, and how to apply is below. Some documents are in PDF format and require a PDF reader (such as the free Adobe Reader) to view:

Request for Funding Proposal

RFP Corrections

Mandatory Letter of Intent Form – Due October 7th (word format)

Appendices Submission forms (word format)

Budget Form (excel format)

Bidder's Conference Attendees (9/20/16)

Bidder's Conference Power Point (9/20/16)

Questions and Answers (updated weekly)

All questions relating to the RFP must be emailed to Info@BerkshireREB.org or mailed to WIOA Selection Task Force, BCREB, 66 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. No phone calls or voice messages will be accepted.

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Industry Initiatives

Healthcare Partners Achieving Career Enrichment - Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (2013-2016) - The Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc. has received $350K to enhance career pathway opportunities in the healthcare field. Working with our partners: Berkshire Health Systems, Berkshire Healthcare Systems, Northern Berkshire Healthcare, Berkshire Community College, McCann Technical School, Mildred Elley School for Careers, BerkshireWorks career center, Adult Learning Center, and Berkshire Community Action Council, we will implement CNA and LPN training programs to develop a pipeline of workers and enhance the current healthcare workforce. More information....contact Colleen at (413) 442-7177 x153.

Workforce Training Fund Grant - Massachusetts provides the opportunity for companies to apply for training resources to upgrade the skills of their workforce. The BCREB assists companies navigate through the grant, provides workshops on how to submit a quality application, and can assist with pulling the grant together.

Connecting Activities High School Internship Program - Berkshire County's 12 high schools have worked with the BCREB to develop strong, structured work and learning experiences for their students. Approximately 500 students participate in internships each year, 2,500 students participate in career exploration activities; and educators participate in Teacher Externship and other professional development opportunities such as the Upper Housatonic River Valley Education Experience.

Berkshire County Manufacturing

Nearly 5,000 jobs in Berkshire County are in the Manufacturing sector, making it the 5th largest industry in the region. Manufacturing is woven into the historical fabric of Berkshire County and represents a key industry base. Once dominated by a handful of large industries, the economic landscape of the county is now comprised of smaller, niche-manufacturers, who specialize in areas including paper, plastics, medical devices, and aeronautics. These industries represent the future of high-tech manufacturing in Berkshire County.

 

Table 5

Berkshire Workforce Area Industry  Employment Trends

2013 First Quarter - 2014 First Quarter

Sector

Sector Title

First Quarter Employment

2013

First Quarter Employment

2014

Yr/Yr Employment Change

Yr/Yr Employment % Change

31-33

Manufacturing

4,609

4,440

-169

-3.6

311

Food and Beverage Manufacturing

165

137

-28

 -17.0

322

Paper Manufacturing

959

974

16

1.7

323

Printing

336

357

21

6.3

325

Chemical  Manufacturing

503

488

-15

-3.0

326

Plastics  Manufacturing

631

576

-55

-8.7

327

Glass, Clay and Cement Manufacturing

454

527

73

16.2

332

Fabricated Metals Manufacturing

421

407

-14

-3.3

3355

Metalworking Machinery

261

240

-21

-8.0

3344

Semiconductors and Electronics

117

77

-40

-34.1

3391

Medical; Equipment Manufacturing

99

113

14

14.0

 

Many regional efforts are underway through the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Berkshire Community College, McCann Technical School, the companies that comprise the Berkshire Applied Technology Council, and MassTEC who are committed to promoting the many new and exciting educational and career opportunities that now exist in manufacturing.

Explore what manufacturing is all about:

  • Amp It Up - promoting opportunities in manufacturing
  • Click here for information about education options and career pathways in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Click here for the certificate and degree programs in Advanced Manufacturing descriptions.

Employer Engagement - The BCREB has devleoped a strong marketing campaign to help encourage employers to provide work and learning programs for our youth.

Berkshire Compact for Education - Raising the aspirations of young people for college and career readiness. Youth Programs include College Visits for 3rd & 6th graders; Eighth Grade North County Career Fair; Readiness Center; Wee Read Berkshire County; Berkshire Chamber Youth Leadership Program; and Berkshire United Way's You First! Day of Caring.

Working Cities Challenge - Led by the Berkshire Regional PLanning Commission, our region is addressing the mismatch of long-empty jobs and unemployed residents by analyzing key job growth areas and employer needs. The initaitve will seek to impact the readiness and responsiveness of Pittsfield's workforce devleopment system by taking a close look at the top three barriers to matching potential employees to open positions. The initiatve will encompass hard skills training, job sconnectors, soft skills devlopment, on-the-job training f

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