Capacity Building

One of SkillWorks’ key strategies is to build capacity among community-based organizations and workforce partnerships to ensure that they can meet the human resource needs of employers and low and moderate income individuals.

SkillWorks’ capacity building component is twofold:

  1. Using multiple methods, SkillWorks provides technical assistance to funded workforce partnerships, focusing on partnership management and governance, performance management, working with employers, measuring impact, systems change strategies, and other crucial areas that help partnerships meet their stated goals and objectives.
  2. SkillWorks also seeks to build the capacity of workforce partnerships and workforce system providers to implement and deliver dual-customer workforce services. To this end, SkillWorks will document and disseminate learnings from the initiative, host general trainings and workshop sessions, and create learning networks that include not only our workforce partnerships but also other organizations and grantees.

In Phase II, SkillWorks worked with the Commonwealth Workforce Coalition to deliver and coordinate capacity building services.

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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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