Major Investment in Boston’s Talent Pipeline Announced at TechHire Boston’s 3rd IT/Tech Forum!

3rdtechforumaudienceCo-conveners of the TechHire Boston employer consortium, SkillWorks and the Boston Private Industry Council (Boston PIC), hosted the third and final IT/Tech forum on Monday, June 19th, 2017. The Greater Boston education and workforce development community gathered with IT/tech industry leaders in a packed space at District Hall to discuss strategies to engage and prepare local talent to meet the growing demand for IT/tech professionals. Mayor Walsh and the Boston Foundation’s Paul Grogan also joined us to announce unprecedented new investments in workforce development to grow the pool of talent and raise the level of candidate preparation from high school through college and into career. Check out the press release below for more information!

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Stoking a 21st Century STEAM Engine: Rocket Fuel for the Innovation Economy

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SkillWorks joined with the Cambridge Community Foundation, The Agenda for Children, Just-A-Start Corporation, the Kendall Square Association, the Metro North Regional Employment Board, and lead sponsor JPMorgan Chase, to host an exciting forum in Cambridge highlighting the importance of S.T.E.A.M. education for the growing innovation economy.  S.T.E.A.M. expands upon the S.T.E.M. education strategy to include Arts, recognizing creativity as a key driver of innovation.

As SkillWorks expands our geographic reach, this forum presented as an opportunity to develop and foster relationships with key partners in Cambridge focusing on industries and educational pathways that directly align with our work and are critical to our region’s economy.

Learn more: http://www.cambridgecf.org/content/cambridge-forum-sets-sights-shared-prosperity-through-greater-access-innovation-economy

Ask Your Representatives to Co-Sponsor Key Amendments for Job Training and Youth Jobs!

The Current FY17 House Ways and Means budget would CUT job training, career readiness and employment programs for youth and adults.

Help us stop that from happening! To ensure funding for these critical programs, please contact your representatives and urge them to support and co-sponsor these amendments:

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SkillWorks Welcomes Newest Phase III Grantees

After an intensive RFP process over the late summer-early fall of 2015, SkillWorks recommended a slate of 11 new grantees for one-year awards, approved by our funders in December of 2015. SkillWorks’ newest grantees began their terms on January 1st of this year and are already off to a fantastic start, with a full quarter of project activities under their belts. Early outcomes are looking positive and we are excited to continue working with and monitoring the progress of these projects, and sharing out learnings and best practices.

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Alliance for Vocational Technical Education Legislative Briefing & Advocacy Day!

On Tuesday, March 29th, SkillWorks, the Workforce Solutions Group, and the rest of the Alliance for Vocational Technical Education (AVTE) held a legislative briefing and advocacy day at the Massachusetts State House to garner support for their policy recommendations to improve Massachusetts’ Vocational Technical Education system.

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