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.

Phase III Funding - Round 5 (Fall 2015)

New Funding (1 year terms):

Continued funding:

Phase III Funding - Round 4 (Spring 2015):

Continued Funding:

  • YouthBuild Boston: $50,000 in Year 2 funding for their pre-apprenticeship training program.

Phase III Funding - Round 3 (Fall 2014):

New Funding:

Continued Funding:
  • BEST Corp: $54,500 in year 2 funding for their Hospitality Training Center
  • JVS: $100,000 in year 2 funding for their Healthcare Training Institute
  • YMCA Training Inc: $75,000 in year 2 funding for the Emerging Careers in Health Insurance program

Phase III Funding - Round 2 (Spring 2014):

  • Asian American Civic Association (AACA) -
    • $125,000 to support the Building Energy Efficient Maintenance Skills (BEEMS) program and enhanced outreach strategies targeted toward Opportunity Youth.
    • $45,000 policy advocacy grant to the AACA on behalf of the Job Training Alliance (JTA)
  • Boston Private Industry Council - $97,650 implementation grant for the Healthcare Careers Consortium.
  • 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.

Phase III Funding - Round 1 (Fall 2013):

  • 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.

What’s New at SkillWorks

The Boston Foundation, City of Boston & JPMorgan Chase, announced investments in SkillWorks

On Wednesday, November 18th, at an event at Boston City Hall, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston Foundation President & CEO Paul S. Grogan, and Peter Scher, Head of Corporate Responsibility for JPMorgan Chase & Co, announced more than $1.2 million in new investments for training and workforce development focused in the City of Boston, including $350,000 from the city, $400,000 from the Boston Foundation and $500,000 from JPMorgan Chase.

Read the press release for more informataion!

SkillWorks Announces 11 New Grantees

Also at the City Hall event on November 18th, Boston Foundation President & CEO Paul S. Grogran announced SkillWorks' 11 newest grantees:

See our Grantees and Workforce Partnerships pages for more information!

SkillWorks' policy advocacy partner, the Workforce Solutions Group, hosted their 6th Annual Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit

SkillWorks took part in the planning process and proudly sponsored this year's 6th Annual MA Jobs and Workforce Summit: The Future of Work, hosted by the Workforce Solutions Group, which took place on October 14th. We heard inspiring calls to action from the Senate President, three state agency Secretaries, three college Presidents, the Attorney General, numerous business leaders, and varied labor and workforce leaders. We heard about the impact of automation on the workplace, the challenges of the gig economy, and best practices for youth employment programs.

Find more information and highlights in WSG's most recent newsletter and check out SkillWorks' Facebook page for some pictures of the day's events!

And keep an eye on WSG's website for more info and highlights from this year's Summit!

New Report: "Inclusive Employment and Career for Boston Youth with Disabilities: Pathways to the Talent Pipeline"

Recent SkillWorks' grantee, the Massachusetts Advocates for Children and  The Boston Foundation convened a Workforce Development Task Force with a goal to increase inclusive workforce and post-secondary education placements and opportunities for Boston youth with disabilities, for all types and severities, while enrolled in school and after exiting. The Task Force released its report and action plan in late October. Although focused on Boston, the report's recommendations are applicable statewide and beyond.

Check out the report and action plan on the new B-SET for Career website!

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