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.

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

Join SkillWorks and the Workforce Solutions Group for Youth Pathways Advocacy Day on April 10, 2014 at 11 am in State House. Room 437.


With support from the Citi Foundation, SkillWorks and Midas partnered on an effort to integrate financial stability strategies into our workforce partnerships. Read more about our efforts in our recently released report. Download the report.


SkillWorks convened funders and partners in August 2013 for a presentation and tour by the Boston Redevelopment Authority on development in Boston, with a focus on the Innovation District. Download the slides. (33 MB)


SkillWorks partnered with Success Boston on a webinar featuring Tips on Coaching for College Success. Download the webinar slides.