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:
- 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.
- 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 has chosen the Commonwealth Workforce Coalition to deliver and coordinate capacity building services.
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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.