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) continues this important work with an added emphasis on better connecting Massachusetts’s community colleges and other post-secondary institutions to and the workforce development system. SkillWorks plans to raise $10 million for Phase II for investments in Workforce Partnerships, Public Policy Advocacy and Capacity Building.
SkillWorks has become a model for cities across the country and for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.