SkillWorks Announces NEW 4-Year Plan!

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SkillWorks has been a consummate mainstay for the past 14 years, with a proven track record acting as an innovative funder and partner while influencing the policies and practices of dozens of organizations in the region. As the pendulum of the economy has made dramatic shifts from periods of high unemployment to today’s tight labor market, SkillWorks has applied its practice, knowledge, and experience to respond as a nimble tool in support of our region’s workforce needs.

As we consider our role for the four years ahead, we will continue to sustain our values and act as a dynamic partner to aligned funders, intermediaries, organizations and employers, innovative platform to link talent to employers, responsive driver for diversity and inclusion, and strategic shaper of policy and practice.

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Job Training and Financial Literacy

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What does it mean to be economically self-sufficient? To be financially stable? Many of us hear those terms, or something similar, and learn of their importance starting from an early age and may even get some exposure to tools and tips from family, teachers or mentors, but studies show that nearly 70% of Americans are not financially literate. So we’re talking about a LOT of people who aren’t getting the financial literacy knowledge they need to understand or manage their finances.

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SkillWorks, Partners Support Legislation to Ensure Quality Education & Training Programs Through Quality Data

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SkillWorks has joined state and national partners to support SB674: An Act Relative to Ensuring Quality Education and Training Programs. Filed by the late Senator Ken Donnelly, the bill would make education and training program outcome data like wage attainment and college completion rates available to consumers on a timely basis to better inform consumer choices and options.  It would give policymakers new tools to better inform the state’s workforce and education planning strategies.

Interested in learning more and finding out how you can support SB674? Well, you’re in luck! Working with our partners at the Workforce Solutions Group and the National Skills Coalition’s Workforce Data Quality Campaign, we’ve developed a fact sheet explaining the What, Who, How and ultimately Why of this critical piece of legislation:

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TechHire Boston Employer Partner Paul Brassil of the Boston Fed on Commitment to Diversity in IT

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This article was originally posted on LinkedIn by Paul Brassil, VP of Information Technology at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Read the original post here.

The importance of diversity in IT

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By: Paul Brassil, Vice President, Information Technology at Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, member, TechHire Boston

Last week, I was privileged to participate in a TechHire Boston forum, convened by the Boston FoundationSkillWorks, and the Private Industry Council (PIC) which focused on strategies to close the workforce gap in Greater Boston’s IT and tech space. As part of a panel of leaders from public, private, and nonprofit sectors, our discussion centered on the economic shifts in the digital age and the need for employers to easily find quality, diverse talent in a highly competitive market.

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[Updated Repost] Advocacy 101: 4 Ways Community Based Organizations Can Get Involved in Advocacy and Engage with Policymakers

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For many community based organizations, involvement in public policy advocacy can be a daunting endeavor, meant only for policy wonks and experts who know all the physical and political in’s and out’s of state and local legislatures – not true! Especially for social issue-focused organizations, which tend to be part of larger systems that may require more resources, support, and changes to those systems in order to work toward solving or improving a particular problem and/or serve a particular population. This calls for active civic engagement and advocacy to tell representatives why they should care about and support your cause(s)! But where to start? Here are 4 ways your organization can get involved in policy advocacy or improve your current advocacy strategy:

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