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September 16, 2016
This forum is the first in a series of three that will mark the beginning of a greater dialogue on how to narrow skill gaps, increase diversity, and provide greater opportunities in ICT [Information Communication Technology] for all Massachusetts residents. We’ll need to address difficult issues, including racial segregation, gender stereotypes, access to college, outdated state and federal policies, and social biases. To succeed, we need an authentic dialogue with all voices present. Together, we can build upon the Bay State’s existing success in ICT and expand the pipeline of talent to the benefit of our businesses, communities, and residents. [Read More on our Blog]
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:
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: http://jobtrainingalliance.org/sites/default/files/JTA%20Impact%20Study.pdf
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.
New Coalition Formed to support Career and Vocational Technical Education in MA
January 22, 2016
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 Boston Foundation, City of Boston & JPMorgan Chase, announce $1.2 million investment in SkillWorks: Partners for a Productive Workforce
November 18, 2015 at Boston City Hall
Featuring: Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul S. Grogan, and Head of Corporate Responsitiblity for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Peter Scher.
Workforce Solutions Group's 6th Annual Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit: The Future of Work
October 14, 2015 at Devens Common Center
SkillWorks took part in the planning process and proudly sponsored this year's 6th Annual MA Jobs and Workforce Summit:The Future of Work, hosted by theWorkforce Solutions Group, which took place on October 14th. We heard inspiring calls to action from the Senate President, three state agency Secretaries, three college Presidents, the Attorney General, numerous business leaders, and varied labor and workforce leaders. We heard about the impact of automation on the workplace, the challenges of the gig economy, and best practices for youth employment programs.
Building Massachusetts' Skills to Compete: A Gubernatorial Candidates Forum
July 16, 2014 @ Roxbury Community College
featuring Donald Berwick, Martha Coakley, Evan Falchuk, Steve Grossman and Jeff McCormick
Moderated by Peter Howe, NECN
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