Catapult Revisited: What is Still Relevant for Next Generation Workforce Development Organizations in the COVID Recession?

In late 2019, SkillWorks and the Boston Foundation sought out some of the best workforce practitioners in the state who shared their thoughts on how we could capitalize on the region’s unprecedented growth and tight labor market by devising a workforce development system that benefited all workers as well as employers. Published as the Catapult Papers, they were a stake in the ground we entered 2020 rightly proud of. However, 2020 would quickly and drastically shift the ground we had so boldly claimed.

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New research highlights racial inequities in the Boston area workforce and makes actionable recommendations for equitable economic recovery

A broad racial equity agenda for the region’s workforce is a cornerstone of the city’s future economy

BOSTON, Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — A new report shows that in the Boston metropolitan region, people of color are overrepresented in the essential jobs that are disproportionately impacted by the ongoing pandemic. The report uses data to identify workforce equity strategies that should be implemented to foster broad economic prosperity.

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SkillWorks names Andre Green Executive Director

Longtime nonprofit and policy leader takes on new role beginning August 10th

Boston – SkillWorks: Partners for a Productive Workforce is pleased to announce that Andre Green, a longtime nonprofit leader with experience in education, economic justice and workforce development, has been named Executive Director, beginning August 10, 2020.

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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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