SkillWorks Launches Search for Next Executive Director

The SkillWorks workforce funder collaborative is searching for its next executive director. After the departure of Marybeth Campbell in June of 2019, SkillWorks, the Boston Foundation and our funders have been engaged in due diligence across key stakeholders, to help us chart the course for this search and the future of SkillWorks.

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Flipping Orthodoxies in Workforce Development (and How We Fund It)

[Originally published: December 19, 2019 here]

By Kaitlyn Bean, Senior Program Officer, SkillWorks

  • A Boston-area medical research organization found itself unable to fill open positions in its IT department, directly inhibiting its ability to take on new contracts.
  • Across town, a rapidly growing fast casual restaurant put new store growth plans on hold for lack of qualified and reliable workers.
  • Shahid is a 28-year-old Moroccan immigrant to the Boston area. He completed high school and one year of college in Morocco and worked part time as an IT technician for a transportation company before he emigrated to the United States. He is currently driving for Uber and Lyft, and hoping to attend community college.
  • Maria emigrated from El Salvador to the United States eight years ago. Since her arrival she has been working in “back of the house” part-time positions in fast food, and speaks very little English.

It’s no secret – the unemployment rate in our region is at an all-time low and there is much good work being done across the Greater Boston education and workforce development ecosystems. And yet, people are still being left out and left behind and businesses are still struggling to find and keep workers.

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Catapult Papers highlight the opportunities for “Next Gen” workforce development solutions

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“Catapult Papers” series recognizes opportunities for employers, workers in new approaches during tight labor market

Boston –Changing industries. A tight labor market. Changing demographics among jobseekers. With all of these disruptions to the workforce, workforce development organizations must pivot in order to better connect employers and jobseekers. How workforce development organizations can do that is the subject of a new series of papers underwritten by the Boston Foundation, SkillWorks, and JVS Boston.

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New SkillSPAN Network Will Increase Skills and Job Training Opportunities for Thousands of People

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New network will push for policies in postsecondary education, workforce training, career and technical education that expand economic opportunities for people and boost local businesses

Boston, MA – Massachusetts will be one of ten states to join the just-launched SkillSPAN, the first nationwide network of non-partisan organizations working together to drive workforce policy wins in over twenty-five states over the next five years.

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