About SkillWorks › Goals

SkillWorks has two primary goals:

  • To help low-skill, low- and moderate-income residents move to family-sustaining jobs; and
  • To help employers find and retain skilled employees.

We accomplish these goals by investing in four key focus areas:

  1. Drive Demand. Support a more employer centric approach through new industry partnerships and business engagement strategies that streamline access to talent, develop responsive programs and improve employee retention.
  1. Deepen Capacity. Increase access to training and likelihood of employment by supporting practices, programs and providers that offer a continuum of service or partner with others to achieve a “whole person” approach and maximize outcomes for individuals served.
  1. Increase Employability. Invest in work readiness skills linked to work based learning for job seekers with a focus on youth to better position youth and young adults for employment.
  1. Target Impact. Link training programs to job quality, build relationships with employers that value investment in front line workers to lead to greater production, retention and positive outcomes for employers and employees.

In order to achieve large-scale, sustainable improvements to the workforce development system that we seek, SkillWorks also invests in three systems change strategies:

What’s New at SkillWorks

 

3rd TechHire Boston Forum is June 19th!
Join us, Mayor Marty Walsh, the Boston Private Industry Council, the Boston Foundation, TechHire Boston employers and many other key stakeholders for the third and final forum focused on strategies to close the IT/Tech workforce gap in Greater Boston! This forum will continue the theme of shared prosperity in the digital age and will showcase our strategy for shared investments in creating a more diverse and work ready pipeline for the IT/Tech sector.


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SkillWorks Partners to Increase Diversity in Tech

On November 18, 2017, the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) announced the launch of Hack.Diversity, a public-private partnership designed to tackle the underrepresentation of black and latino employees in Boston’s innovation economy. SkillWorks is a proud supporter of Hack.Diversity in partnership with the Boston Foundation, with an initial investment of $50,000 and the establishment of the Hack.Diversity Fund.

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Second Greater Boston IT/Tech Forum A Success!
Leaders in business, workforce development, and education gathered today to explore strategies to diversify tech talent and increase access to well-paying IT/tech careers. The second Greater Boston IT/Tech Forum was part of a three-part series intended to spark conversation, inspire collaboration, and drive action to ensure all of Boston’s residents have a chance to be part of the booming tech sector in the city.

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Looking for more IT/tech conversation? Follow us on Twitter @SkillWorks_MA & check out the hashtag #TechHireBoston



Did you miss the First Greater Boston IT/Tech Forum?


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Read the Report: Information & Communication Technology: Shared Prosperity in the Digital Age

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Upcoming Events & Meetings

May 22-25: Aspen Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund Forum

Boston Park Plaza

SkillWorks will be joining a panel to discuss Sectoral Organizing on May 23 at 1:00pm

May 22: Inclusive Innovation Leadership Conference (& VIP breakfast sponsored by SkillWorks)

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the Westin Boston Waterfront

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June 7: Powering Greater Boston's Economy: Why the Latino Community is Critical to Our Shared Future

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Institute of Contemporary Art

June 19: 3rd TechHire Boston Forum

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at District Hall

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