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

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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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