Public Policy Advocacy

SkillWorks’s Public Policy Advocacy works to achieve long-term, sustainable improvements in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ workforce development system. . As with all of our program components, our twin goals are to increase the Commonwealth’s capacity and resources to meet the needs of both low-income residents to access family-sustaining jobs and employers to have a skilled, productive workforce.

Our Public Policy Advocacy work has led to major advances in workforce development programs across the state. Because of our efforts, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts implemented the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund in 2006, designed to support workforce partnerships across the state in enabling a broad range of residents to gain access to employment, education and the skills necessary to move along a career path leading to economic self-sufficiency.

Led by the Workforce Solutions Group, SkillWorks public policy advocacy grantee, we have helped garner more than $50M in new workforce funding for the state of Massachusetts. SkillWorks’ advocacy also resulted in the formation of a Workforce Accountability Task Force to address performance, governance and coordination within the workforce system.

Phase III Policy Advocacy Grantees

Read SkillWorks' policy recommendations from the 2014 Gubernatorial race.

Skills to Succeed: A New Campaign to Increase Massachusetts' Workforce Outcomes and Resources. Download the 1-pager for this new policy advocacy campaign (below)!

 

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IT Jobs For All?

Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities of Meeting the IT/Tech Workforce Demands of Greater Boston

Friday, September 16, 2016

Partnering with the Boston Private Industry Council, SkillWorks launched the Greater Boston IT/Tech Employer Consortium at the first in a year-long series of forums. This forum focused on workforce challenges, including lack of diversity in the sector across all occupations and lack of exposure between employers and two-year colleges as a talent pipeline.


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Read the Report: Information & Communication Technology: Shared Prosperity in the Digital Age

Join the conversation: #GrtrBosTech


Skills to Succeed: A New Campaign to Increase Massachusetts’ Workforce Outcomes and Resources

SkillWorks, our policy advocacy partners at the Workforce Solutions Group , and others across the workforce community have developed a new policy campaign and set of policy recommendations to address Massachusetts' skills gap and other significant workforce challenges. The Skills to Succeed campaign includes a Four Point Plan for Job and Career Growth in Massachusetts, focusing on a few key areas that, if well-resourced and effectively implemented, could result in the greatest impact on the skills gap by increasing the yield of talent entering and exiting the pipeline to employment.

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