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.
In Phase I, SkillWorks funded six partnerships in four of Boston’s most important, and growing, job sectors including health care, hospitality, property services, and automotive services. Many of our Phase I employer partners have already integrated SkillWorks-inspired education and training programs into their operating budgets and are continuing to support them even after the funding ends.
SkillWorks has funded four sector partnerships in Phase II. SkillWorks has also awarded four planning grants in weatherization and energy efficiency.