Public Policy Advocacy

SkillWorks’s Public Policy Advocacy works to achieve long-term, sustainable improvements in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ workforce development system. . As with all of our program components, our twin goals are to increase the Commonwealth’s capacity and resources to meet the needs of both low-income residents to access family-sustaining jobs and employers to have a skilled, productive workforce.

Our Public Policy Advocacy work has led to major advances in workforce development programs across the state. Because of our efforts, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts implemented the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund in 2006, designed to support workforce partnerships across the state in enabling a broad range of residents to gain access to employment, education and the skills necessary to move along a career path leading to economic self-sufficiency.

Led by the Workforce Solutions Group, SkillWorks public policy advocacy grantee, we have helped garner more than $50M in new workforce funding for the state of Massachusetts. SkillWorks’ advocacy also resulted in the formation of a Workforce Accountability Task Force to address performance, governance and coordination within the workforce system.

Phase III Policy Advocacy Grantees

Read SkillWorks' policy recommendations from the 2014 Gubernatorial race.

Skills to Succeed: A New Campaign to Increase Massachusetts' Workforce Outcomes and Resources. Download the 1-pager for this new policy advocacy campaign (below)!

 

What’s New at SkillWorks

 

March 1st 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 our hashtag #GrtrBosTech and check out these twitter moments via @BostonPIC and @SkillWorks_MA.



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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Skills to Succeed: A New Campaign to Increase Massachusetts’ Workforce Outcomes and Resources

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