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

Job Training: Works, Pays and Saves!

January 26, 2016: At an event at the State House, SkillWorks and the Job Training Alliance (JTA) released their impact report on quality job training programs: “Job Training: Works, Pays and Saves.” This report, supported by SkillWorks, contains extremely compelling data proving the significant return on investment on quality job training programs for the participants served, taxpayers, and the economy as a whole. 

Looking at graduates from the 12 non-profit, community based training programs included in the study, some notable outcomes include:

  • 76% Employment rate 
  • 675% Increase in total annual earnings
  • 80% Reduction in TANF (cash assistance)

The report analyzes the social and economic impacts gained from high-functioning training programs which prepare individuals for successful, long-term careers in growing industries. The full report can also be found on the JTA’s website:

Speakers at report's launch event included: Senator Ken Donnelly, Representative John Scibak, Ron Walker, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Carmine Guarino, Senior VP of Citizens Bank, Jeff McCue, Commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance, John Barros, Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston, and SkillWork's Trinh Nguyen. Each speaker expressed steadfast support of and commitment to quality community based job training and workforce development programs and more broadly commitment to improving the lives of low-income Bostonians and Massachusetts residents and to ensuring that employers have an accessible pipeline of skilled talent.

READ MORE: 1 Page Summary | Full Report

New Coalition Formed to support Career and Vocational Technical Education in MA

In a packed space at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boson on Friday, January 22nd, members from the business, workforce, education, nonprofit, and government sectors came together to celebrate the launch of the The Alliance for Vocational and Technical Education (AVTE) and to highlight the importance of the Career/Vocational Technical Education system in Massachusetts.

The AVTE outlined how CVTE is essential to economic development across the state, and presented key policy recommendations. Governor Baker and his Workforce Skills Cabinet joined us and shared their support for the Alliance and CVTE across the state.

The program also included highlights of a report commissioned by AVTE that examines public perceptions of CVTE, presented by Barry Bluestone, Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. Click here to read the full report.

To learn more about the Alliance for Vocational Technical Education and their policy recommendations, check out their new website and one-pager!

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!

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