Workforce Partnerships

Workforce Partnerships are at the center of the SkillWorks initiative. These partnerships focus on specific industry sectors, bringing together employers, nonprofit agencies, educational institutions, labor unions, and the government to 1) provide effective training to those entering the workforce and to workers stuck in jobs with little opportunity for advancement; and 2) to make sure that employers have workers who meet their needs.

On July 1, 2014, SkillWorks released our second round of Phase III grants.
  • JVS -
    • $5,600 to pilot, track, and analyze outreach strategies to Opportunity Youth.
    • $31,500 to implement the College Persistence and Completion technology pilot.
  • Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) - $20,000 special project grant for the Boston Special Education Transition (B-SET) project's Workforce Development Taskforce to improve transitions of BPS students with disabilities to higher education and the workforce.
  • X-Cel Education -
    • $10,000 planning grant to develop specific career pathways as part of building out its college bridge program.
    • $4,793 to pilot, track and analyze outreach strategies to Opportunity Youth.
    • $25,000 to implement a College Persistence and Completion technology pilot.
  • Year Up - $5,000 grant to support enhanced outreach strategies to Opportunity Youth.
  • YouthBuild Boston - $29,000 to serve an additional eight young adults and support enhanced outreach strategies to Opportunity Youth.


SkillWorks awarded a first round of Phase III workforce partnership and planning grants in January 2014:

  • BEST Corp - A two-year, $109,000 grant to the Hospitality Training Center to provide coaching and training for individuals to enter and advance in good jobs in the hospitality industry.
  • JVS - A two-year, $225,000 grant to the Healthcare Training Institute to provide coaching and career advancement services to front line healthcare workers to help them complete post-secondary education credentials within the next two years. Also, a $10,000 planning grant for the Healthcare Workforce Career Center to lay the groundwork and develop a business plan for launching a healthcare career center.

  • Pine Street Inn - A $10,000 planning grant to build a career advancement and credential attainment pathway within Pine Street's IMPACT employment services program for homeless clients.
  • YMCA Training Inc.- A two-year, $150,000 grant to create a new training program to address staffing needs faced by health insurance companies and managed care organizations.

  • YouthBuild Boston - A two-year, $100,000 grant to enable inner-city young adults to obtain training and industry-recognized credentials, and enter apprenticeships and employment in the building trades.

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.