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

What’s New

WIOA Youth FY’21 RFPClick here on March 2 to go to the RFP posting for WIOA Youth!  Last Change Date: 03/09/20 Bidders Conference PowerPoint, Sign-In Sheet, Q&As and Updated Budget Template posted; Last Change Date: 03/16/20:  To change due date to 04/22/20; Last Change Date: 3/27/20: To Allow for alternate EMAIL submission of proposals; See Modified Attachment C as posted.

February 2020 Manufacturing Forum: “Planning for the Workforce of Today and the Future” – Click here to see pictures taken at this important event held on February 14th that was hosted by the Western MA Chapter of the National Tooling and Machine Association (NTMA) and the Masshire Hampden County Workforce Board.

Pioneer Valley Regional Planning Labor Market Blueprint – Click here to read about and open/download the Final Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint, Report Updates and other Products!

Western MA Nursing Collaborative Click here to download and read about their Strategic Plan Activities and Outcomes, 2016-2019!

MA Registered Apprenticeships — Click on link to read about opportunities for employers to sponsor an apprentice ~ especially in healthcare, tech and manufacturing sectors where employers may be eligible for a Tax Credit of up to $4,800 per qualified apprentice!

Hampden Local 4 Year WIOA Plan — Click on link to go to the page for downloading the Plan and Accompanying MOU Attachments.

FY20 WIOA Annual Plan — Click to read about and view/download the Hampden Plan with Charts, Forms and Budget.

MHHCWB 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)!

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COVID-19 Resources

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development has determined that until further notice, Unemployment and MassHire Career Center Services will close walk-in traffic to the public but will remain open via online or telephone.  For UI online go to: or call 1-617-626-6800 (or see link below if having difficulties and a FAQ page at  An explanation of the various types of unemployment benefit programs is here.

Anyone who needs help to apply for unemployment insurance can also get more information and assistance from our Hampden County MassHire One-Stop Career Centers as follows:

For a listing of the kinds of businesses that have been deemed as providing “essential services” from links below as updated by the state and links that provide regularly updated resources to businesses (along with our One-Stop Career Centers above):

For support services related to COVID-19, please contact 211.

Hampden County Labor Market Information Updates

Masshire Hampden County Workforce Board Electro-Mechanical Technical Skills Needs Survey – Click here to download this new research document on employer skills competency requires across maintenance, machine repair and service and automation technician occupations.

West Region Five Year Manufacturing Plan-2019-2023 Clink on this link to download the new West Region Five Year Manufacturing Plan for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties as developed by our three Western MA MassHire Workforce Boards!

September 2019 Healthcare Report — Click on this link to go to our Healthcare Initiatives page for a report on: “Occupational Gap Analysis Report 2019: Medical Assistant”!

2018 Healthcare Report — Click on this link to go to our Healthcare Initiatives page for a report on “Research on the Supply and Demand of Nurse Practitioners and Physician’s Assistants”!

2018 PMRAP News — Click on this link to go our Manufacturing initiative page for the 2018 Workforce Development & Technology Adoption Report for the Precision Manufacturing Regional Alliance Project!

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