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):

**Coming Soon**

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:

  • Pine Street Inn: $112,000 over 2 years to implement their Credential Completion and Career Advancement (CCCA) Initiative
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):

  • 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.
  • 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

NEW FUNDING AVAILABLE! SkillWorks is inviting proposals from proven or promising programs, partnerships or initiatives led by nonprofit, public or for-profit entities including community based non-profits, career technical education programs and community colleges. Funds will be awarded through a competitive process to occur over the course of this Summer/Fall. Successful applicants will be closely aligned with SkillWorks’ Vision and Value System; will address the key focus of work and priority investment areas detailed in the guidelines;  will demonstrate impact as defined within the guidelines under SkillWorks’ Four ‘A’s of Impact: Access, Attainment, Achievement and Assets; and must demonstrate their potential to achieve measurable results. Proposals are due September 15click here for the full RFP and other materials!

With support from SkillWorks, Commonwealth Corporation will be expanding their Signal Success curriculum into two high schools in Boston - Boston Urban Science Academy and Dorchester Youth academy. Signal Success is a 180-hour comprehensive career development curriculum that provides a sequenced approach to soft skill acquisition and promotes behaviors that employers want and that young people need to be successful.

Partnering for Opportunity Youth: This past year, SkillWorks partnered with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and the Boston Opportunity Agenda as part of the National Fund's Youth/Industry Partnership Initiative to improve pathways to post-secondary education and careers for Opportunity Youth. SkillWorks is also an active participant in the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative, which is convened by the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) and the Boston Opportunity Agenda (BOA) with funding support from the Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund for Community Solutions. The collaborative is a partnership of stakeholders dedicated to serving Opportunity Youth.

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