Project Catapult Launches First in Catapult Papers Series on The Future of Workforce Development

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We are experiencing one of the strongest and most sustained periods of economic growth in American history—accompanied by unprecedented levels of income inequality. That growth has led to the current tight labor market with its continued proliferation of skilled jobs, which, in combination with anticipated attrition due to Baby Boomer retirements, has created a never-before-seen tension between the demand to fill jobs and the lack of supply ready to fill those jobs.

That tension requires a more robust workforce development solution. For example, with historically tight job markets, employers are desperate for talent. They are now willing to consider previously disregarded sources of labor and new approaches to recruitment and retention. This not only offers greater economic opportunity to lower-income individuals, but it creates a competitive business advantage for the employer. To meet these extraordinary challenges and opportunities, we need a very different approach, a new kind of “Next Gen” workforce organization that can launch untapped talent into new opportunities at a much faster, more direct and sustained rate and support the long-term success of both workers and employers via advancement, retention and strong employment practices. It also requires accompanying investment by philanthropy and government to make Next Gen workforce development a reality.

Enter Project Catapult: a new way of doing workforce development that will be valued by employers and will support longer-term economic mobility for jobseekers and employees.

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Participant Highlight: Mahmudul Hassan, BEST Corp Hospitality Training Graduate

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Mahmudul Hassan proudly displaying his Massachusetts Department of Labor Housekeeping Pre-Apprenticeship credential at his BEST Corp Hospitality Training graduation.

BEST Corp Hospitality Training’s mission is to provide individuals with the education, skills and training to excel in the hospitality industry and in their personal lives. This is the story of a man, just one of many, for whom BEST Corp did just that! Along with his own dedication, perserverence and professionalism, Mahmudul Hassan went from being a new immigrant earning $9.00 per hour, to earning more than double that and is well on his way into a fulfilling career in hospitality!

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Boston Selected to Participate in National Job Quality Initiative

Boston will assist local healthcare and food service employers in improving hiring, retention, and engagement of frontline workers.

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Boston will assist local healthcare and food service employers in improving hiring, retention, and engagement of frontline workers.

Boston, MA (January 17, 2018) – The National Fund for Workforce Solutions announced that it is awarding $100,000 to Boston- based SkillWorks and Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), to advance job quality strategies in the healthcare and “fast-casual” dining industries. The grants, made possible through The Prudential Foundation, will enable local employers to incorporate new business practices that will improve their competitiveness and result in better jobs for workers. SkillWorks was chosen from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions network of more than 30 communities to lead this innovative program. The selected communities— Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, and Hartford—will develop and share successful approaches to improving the quality of frontline positions.

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Boston-Based Cybersecurity Bootcamp Launches and Begins Recruiting for Inaugural Class

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CyberWarrior Academy (CWA) is a NEW cybersecurity workforce development and training program from Advoqt Technology Group, that delivers field-ready information security talent. The training is intensive, hands-on, and delivered by cybersecurity practitioners with day-to-day exposure to the rapidly changing threat landscape. CWA will address the growing demand for qualified cybersecurity talent while also creating long-lasting career opportunity for IT professionals currently in entry and mid-level technical roles. The inaugural class kicks off in March 2018!

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TechHire Boston Employer Partner Paul Brassil of the Boston Fed on Commitment to Diversity in IT

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This article was originally posted on LinkedIn by Paul Brassil, VP of Information Technology at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Read the original post here.

The importance of diversity in IT

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By: Paul Brassil, Vice President, Information Technology at Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, member, TechHire Boston

Last week, I was privileged to participate in a TechHire Boston forum, convened by the Boston FoundationSkillWorks, and the Private Industry Council (PIC) which focused on strategies to close the workforce gap in Greater Boston’s IT and tech space. As part of a panel of leaders from public, private, and nonprofit sectors, our discussion centered on the economic shifts in the digital age and the need for employers to easily find quality, diverse talent in a highly competitive market.

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