Meeting the Commonwealth's Workforce Needs: Occupational Projections and Vocational Education

The Meeting the Commonwealth's Workforce Needs: Occupational Projections and Vocational Education report was funded by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and commissioned to the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy at Northeastern University.

The goal of the report was to conduct a labor market analysis and prepare data focusing on one of the types of educational facilities that the MSBA constructs — vocational high schools — to better understand the important role graduates of these schools will have in our 21st century economy. The MSBA is interested in understanding both the unique opportunities vocational education programs provide to the Commonwealth’s students and what the future vocational education program needs may be.

The full report can be viewed here, or you can click on any of the sections in the Table of Contents below.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. From the Treasurer & Receiver General: Deborah B. Goldberg
  3. From the MSBA Executive Director: Jack McCarthy
  4. Executive Summary
  5. Introduction
  6. Section One: Projecting Occupational Supply and Demand - Methodology
  7. Section Two: Projected Net New Jobs, Replacement Jobs, and Total Job Openings
  8. Section Three: Educational Requirements For Job Openings in the Commonwealth
  9. Section Four: Assessing the Ability of Vocational Education in the Commonwealth to Supply Expected Labor Market Demand
  10. Section Five: How Prepared are the Commonwealth’s Vocational Schools to Meet Future Labor Market Demand?
  11. Section Six: Summary and Conclusions


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