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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Alliance for Vocational Technical Education (AVTE) Calls for Increased Investment by State in Career and Technical Education

Screen Shot 2018-03-02 at 1.42.08 PM.pngMarch 2, 2018: A broad, statewide coalition of business, education, and community groups, including SkillWorks and advocacy partners with the Workforce Solutions Group, convened at the State House on Friday to urge the Governor and Legislature to redouble their efforts to expand access and boost funding for career and technical education (CTE) in Massachusetts.

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SkillWorks Welcomes 2018 Grantees!

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2018 is here and somehow we’re already one month down!? We’ve had a flurry of new and exciting endeavors going on here at SkillWorks, and even more to share from our partners and friends throughout our network! Before we launch into the rest of this season’s latest news, we’d first like to welcome our newest 2018 grantees — some old, some new, all doing exciting and important work!

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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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