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 Workforce Solutions Group, SkillWorks and partners hosted the 5th Annual Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit on October 15. Attended by more than 300 business, labor and education leaders, the forum featured the latest information on workforce and job creation policies as well as addresses from gubernatorial candidates Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker. Read more about the event


SkillWorks' funders are excited to announce that Marybeth Campbell will be the initiative's new executive director. Marybeth comes to SkillWorks from the Patrick Administration as the Commonwealth's first cross-secretariat Director of Education across the Executive Offices of Education, Labor and Workforce Development, and Housing and Economic Development. Marybeth starts on October 20, 2014. Read the press release here.


SkillWorks is partnering with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and the Boston Opportunity Agenda to improve pathways to post-secondary education and careers for Opportunity Youth.


SkillWorks recently partnered with World Education and CAEL to produce a report on the implementation of Prior Learning Assessment at Boston area colleges and workforce organizations. Read the report and recommendations here.