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 workers stuck in jobs with little opportunity for advancement; and 2) to make sure that employers have workers who meet their needs.
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.
- Boston Private Industry Council- A $9,240 planning grant to support the Healthcare Careers Consortium, an employer-driven healthcare sector partnership.
- 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.