SECTION 1. The Massachusetts General Laws are hereby amended by inserting the following new chapter:
An Act for a Bridge Employment Training Program (BET).
Whereas, it is in the interests of sound economy, for the individuals, businesses, and organizations of Massachusetts, that well-trained individuals have appropriate skills, and are matched to productive employment. This legislation has been devised, in order to specify, and expand, all reasonable opportunities.
1.) The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), is hereby authorized to develop a Bridge Employment Training Program (BET), for residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
2.) Individuals authorized to participate in this program, shall be individuals determined to be employable, and/or who have lost their employment, within six weeks, or more.
3.) The Department is authorized to devise Independent Employment Training Contracts (IETC) to stipulate agreed-upon training programs, for up to two years, with specified requirements, which shall be matched with available positions in the Commonwealth, in private, non-profit, and/or public employment.
4.) The Department shall be innovative in creating these options, coordinating private, non-profit, and public resources; and diverse in all respects of being non-discriminatory.
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