Sign on to the English Works Campaign

agrees to support and participate in the English Works Campaign.
As a signatory to English Works, our organization agrees to be listed on English Works materials and will have a seat on the Campaign Committee.
We enter into this voluntary agreement with English Works in a spirit of partnership and collaboration, and with a vision of a Commonwealth that provides all residents with a pathway to economic self-sufficiency; ensures a stable, skilled workforce for Massachusetts businesses today and in the future; and integrates immigrants into the fabric of our economy, communities and shared civic life.



  

Policy Agenda

The English Works Campaign advocates for a Commonwealth education and workforce development system that incentivizes public-private collaboration. The Campaign calls for resources and tools that are better attuned toward the economic success of immigrants and businesses in Massachusetts, as follows:

  • Establish a dedicated, permanent, and flexible fund to support work-based ABE/ESOL and to generate new employer investment.
  • Increase the number of grants made by the MA Workforce Training Fund that provide immigrant workers with English skills to promote a positive, competitive economic environment.
  • Increase funding for ABE/ESOL programs through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
  • Better attune DESE ABE/ESOL programs to the needs of the immigrant workforce and critical industries in the Commonwealth.
  • Support targeted capacity building services to ESOL providers with the goal of expanding organizational and teacher capacity to partner with businesses and provide work-based ESOL.
  • All future state incentives to attract and retain businesses and to expand jobs in the Commonwealth should contain specific provisions and funding for workforce development, including ABE/ESOL for low-literacy and limited English proficient workers.