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

NEW FUNDING AVAILABLE! SkillWorks is inviting proposals from proven or promising programs, partnerships or initiatives led by nonprofit, public or for-profit entities including community based non-profits, career technical education programs and community colleges. Funds will be awarded through a competitive process to occur over the course of this Summer/Fall. Successful applicants will be closely aligned with SkillWorks’ Vision and Value System; will address the key focus of work and priority investment areas detailed in the guidelines;  will demonstrate impact as defined within the guidelines under SkillWorks’ Four ‘A’s of Impact: Access, Attainment, Achievement and Assets; and must demonstrate their potential to achieve measurable results. Proposals are due September 15click here for the full RFP and other materials!

With support from SkillWorks, Commonwealth Corporation will be expanding their Signal Success curriculum into two high schools in Boston - Boston Urban Science Academy and Dorchester Youth academy. Signal Success is a 180-hour comprehensive career development curriculum that provides a sequenced approach to soft skill acquisition and promotes behaviors that employers want and that young people need to be successful.

Partnering for Opportunity Youth: This past year, SkillWorks partnered with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and the Boston Opportunity Agenda as part of the National Fund's Youth/Industry Partnership Initiative to improve pathways to post-secondary education and careers for Opportunity Youth. SkillWorks is also an active participant in the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative, which is convened by the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) and the Boston Opportunity Agenda (BOA) with funding support from the Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund for Community Solutions. The collaborative is a partnership of stakeholders dedicated to serving Opportunity Youth.

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