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.
SkillWorks and our partners have trained, placed and supported over 6000 job seekers and incumbent workers since inception, including nearly 1,700 individuals since the beginning of Phase III (Jan 2014) through our investments in sector-based workforce training programs, and postsecondary and career readiness programs. We’ve also increased the number and capacity of dozens of workforce partnerships and advocated for more than $100M in workforce resources locally, statewide and nationally.
Since the beginning of Phase III in 2014 through the end of 2016, SkillWorks can report that through our investments in sector-based workforce training programs, 80% of jobseekers enrolled have completed training; of those completing 68% have been placed in jobs; of those placed in jobs 95% are still employed, and 21% of jobseekers got wage increases or a second job after completing training.
During the same period, incumbent worker outcomes include: 81% have completed training, 68% of those who completed training and/or coaching obtained a raise or new job, and of all incumbent workers enrolled 98% are still employed.
Over the next four years, SkillWorks’ plan is to support interrelated components to achieve our overall goal of sustained improvement to the workforce system. We will target our region’s skill gaps and systemic challenges by
- expanding employer engagement in healthcare, information technology/technology, and hospitality in order to aggregate better labor market intelligence to inform training programs,
- focus on career awareness and workforce readiness integrated with career pathways so youth and young adults are exposed earlier to career options and credential requirements,
- diversify pipelines through internship models for youth and young adults to expose employers to non-traditional talent pools, and
- leverage retention and succession planning needs of employers by promoting job quality, upskilling and career advancement strategies.
Download our new strategy document to learn more about SkillWorks’ 4-year plan!
You can also find our new 4-year plan on our website.
Thank you for your support and partnership, and we look forward to continuing to work to create opportunities toward economic sufficiency for low-income workers and meet employer needs for high demand occupations throughout our region.
Executive Director, SkillWorks
P.S. Please check out our summer 2017 newsletter for even news, updates and insights from SkillWorks, our partners, and folks throughout our networks!