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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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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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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[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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By almost any broad measure, Greater Boston is an economic powerhouse. Our unemployment rate is low, we’re creating jobs at a rapid pace and we’re building out one of the nation’s strongest high-tech economies.
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