Metro North REB Announces Release of One-Stop Career Center Operator RFP
The Metro North Regional Employment Board (REB) announces the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select a One-Stop Career Center operator(s) for Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). This RFP is for the provision of comprehensive job seeker and business/employer services within the Metro North Region under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and other funds.
Approximately $3.9 million will be available for One-Stop Career Center operator(s) for Fiscal Year 2018 and the charter may be for multiple years. This RFP is intended for organizations that provide innovative workforce development services for businesses and job seekers. The REB is seeking proposals from interested parties to provide services to unemployed and underemployed adults, dislocated workers, youth and employers in the following cities and towns: Arlington, Belmont, Burlington, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Watertown, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop, and Woburn. There can be multiple operators.
Please click on the following links to download the RFP and Budget Form:
Request for Proposals [Word]
Request for Proposals [PDF]
Budget Forms [Excel]
Q & A and AMENDMENTS
Questions and Answers, and Amendments, will be posted here. Bidders are responsible for checking back for new Q & As, as well as any addenda or modfications to the RFP.
Amendment I to RFP: Updated Section III. Funding and Performance Period (posted 4/27/17)
The Metro North REB hosted a Bidder’s Conference for all prospective respondents to the RFP.The Bidder’s Conference was held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 via webinar. Attendance at the bidder’s conference was recommended but not required.
Documents for Download:
PowerPoint presented at the Bidder's Conference (PDF)
List of Attendees (PDF)
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) SCHEDULE
April 21, 2017
Request for Proposals released
April 27, 2017
Bidder’s Conference 2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. via a webinar. RSVP to REBRFP@mnreb.org to receive logon instructions. Please include attendee’s name, organization, email address and phone number. Bidder’s conference attendance is not required.
April 28, 2017
Letters of Intent due. A letter of intent is required for a proposal to be considered. Submit to REBRFP@mnreb.org.
May 9, 2017
Deadline for submission of written questions.
May 16, 2017
Proposals due by 4:00p.m.
MNREB FY 17-20 Strategic Plan
The Strategic Plan provides information on the REB’s overarching priorities, target industries and occupational clusters, and target priority populations.
[Download Draft Strategic Plan [PDF]
Career Center Redesign Video
Overview of Central Massachusetts Career Center redesign to become more demand driven
These articles include labor market information and also articles that reflect innovative practices in Career Centers supported by the Metro North REB. It is recommended that bidders become familiar with these articles and reflect these innovative practices in proposals.
Commonwealth Corporation and New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Labor Market Trends in Boston/Metro North Region (2012).
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. Guide to Improving One-Stops through Benchmarked Critical Success Factors: Self-Assessment Tool.
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. (March 2012). One-Stop Career Centers Must be Reinvented to Meet Today’s Labor Market Realities. Ed Strong.
Crittenton Women’s Union. Hot Jobs 2013: Promoting Economic Independence Through Informed Career Decisions. (March 2013). Deborah Connolly Youngblood, Kelly Dowd, Melissa Martin Morgera, Market Melnik, and Ruther J. Liberman.
Elvery, Joel, Nelson, Lisa, & Richter, Francisca G.-C. (October 2014). A WIB Turns to Demand: Helping Job Seekers by Serving Employers.
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development research report. (June, 2012). The State of the U.S. Workforce System: A time for Incremental Realignment or Serious Reform? Kathy Krepcio & Michele M. Martin. http://www.issuelab.org/resources/13999/13999.pdf
National Skills Coalition, Skills 2 Compete, SkillWorks, & The Workforce Solutions Group. (July, 2010). Massachusetts’ Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs, Meeting the Demand of a 21st Century Economy.
Policy Matters Ohio. Employment Connection: Demand-driven Model Increases Job Placement (2013). Hannah Halbert. http://www.policymattersohio.org/employment-apr2013
Summary – http://www.policymattersohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/EmploymentConnectionES_Apr2013-Final.pdf
UpJohn Institute for Employment Research. (2015). Volume 22, Number 1, Article 2. Carl E. Van Horn. New Labor Market Realities Require New Workforce Development Policies.