About SkillWorks › Green Collar Career Pathways Initiative
With generous support from the Barr Foundation, the Garfield Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the Chorus Foundation, SkillWorks is launching a Green Collar Career Pathways Initiative.
Building pathways to green collar jobs fits squarely within the SkillWorks model of creating opportunities for low-income, low-skilled adults to access jobs in industries with growing regional importance. Through this new initiative, SkillWorks will utilize its expertise and collaborative infrastructure in sectoral workforce development to help shape the development of green collar career pathways in Massachusetts.
The overall goal of SkillWorks' "Green Jobs Initiative" is twofold:
- to support emerging workforce development efforts in "green" industries; and
- to ensure access to green collar career pathways by lower skilled, low-income adults.
We will strive to achieve these goals by:
- building the capacity of community-based green job training programs;
- building a community of funders to coordinate investments in the green sector;
- engaging in advocacy to ensure green sector policies and public investments foster job creation and are influenced by sound workforce development principles;
- supporting research efforts in order to provide the community with labor market information and best practice models; and
- increasing training opportunities for lower-income, lower-skilled adults that lead to employment in green collar jobs.
What’s New at SkillWorks
The Boston Foundation, City of Boston & JPMorgan Chase, announced investments in SkillWorks
On Wednesday, November 18th, at an event at Boston City Hall, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston Foundation President & CEO Paul S. Grogan, and Peter Scher, Head of Corporate Responsibility for JPMorgan Chase & Co, announced more than $1.2 million in new investments for training and workforce development focused in the City of Boston, including $350,000 from the city, $400,000 from the Boston Foundation and $500,000 from JPMorgan Chase.
Read the press release for more informataion!
SkillWorks Announces 11 New Grantees
Also at the City Hall event on November 18th, Boston Foundation President & CEO Paul S. Grogran announced SkillWorks' 11 newest grantees:
See our Grantees and Workforce Partnerships pages for more information!
SkillWorks' policy advocacy partner, the Workforce Solutions Group, hosted their 6th Annual Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit
SkillWorks took part in the planning process and proudly sponsored this year's 6th Annual MA Jobs and Workforce Summit: The Future of Work, hosted by the Workforce Solutions Group, which took place on October 14th.
We heard inspiring calls to action from the Senate President, three state agency Secretaries, three college Presidents, the Attorney General, numerous business leaders, and varied labor and workforce leaders. We heard about the impact of automation on the workplace, the challenges of the gig economy, and best practices for youth employment programs.
Find more information and highlights in WSG's most recent newsletter and check out SkillWorks' Facebook page for some pictures of the day's events!
And keep an eye on WSG's website for more info and highlights from this year's Summit!
New Report: "Inclusive Employment and Career for Boston Youth with Disabilities: Pathways to the Talent Pipeline"
Recent SkillWorks' grantee, the Massachusetts Advocates for Children and The Boston Foundation convened a Workforce Development Task Force with a goal to increase inclusive workforce and post-secondary education placements and opportunities for Boston youth with disabilities, for all types and severities, while enrolled in school and after exiting. The Task Force released its report and action plan in late October. Although focused on Boston, the report's recommendations are applicable statewide and beyond.
Check out the report and action plan on the new B-SET for Career website!
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