SkillWorks is a multiyear initiative to improve workforce development in Boston and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of helping low income individuals attain family supporting jobs and businesses find skilled workers. Phase I (2003-2008) invested $15 million to help more than 3,000 workers receive skills training with hundreds entering the workforce or receiving raises and promotions.
Phase II (2009-2013) continued this important work with an added emphasis on better connecting Massachusetts’ community colleges and other post-secondary institutions to the workforce development system. SkillWorks raised $10 million for Phase II for investments in Workforce Partnerships, Public Policy Advocacy and Capacity Building.
Phase III (2014-2018) investments will aim to improve the workforce system's effectiveness and efficiency, resulting in significantly improved economic outcomes for job and skill seekers, with a priority focus on those in Greater Boston who are low-income and low-skilled. SkillWorks will achieve this goal by leveraging its leadership position and collaborative model to convene business, labor, education, and civic leaders and catalyze change through innovative investments, adoption of best practices and advocacy. SkillWorks is projecting a $5.6 million, five-year budget for Phase III. For more information, read SkillWorks' Phase III Strategic Plan.
SkillWorks has become a model for cities across the country and for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.