In late 2019, SkillWorks and the Boston Foundation sought out some of the best workforce practitioners in the state who shared their thoughts on how we could capitalize on the region’s unprecedented growth and tight labor market by devising a workforce development system that benefited all workers as well as employers. Published as the Catapult Papers, they were a stake in the ground we entered 2020 rightly proud of. However, 2020 would quickly and drastically shift the ground we had so boldly claimed.Continue reading “Catapult Revisited: What is Still Relevant for Next Generation Workforce Development Organizations in the COVID Recession?”
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.Continue reading “SkillWorks Launches Search for Next Executive Director”
“Catapult Papers” series recognizes opportunities for employers, workers in new approaches during tight labor market
Boston –Changing industries. A tight labor market. Changing demographics among jobseekers. With all of these disruptions to the workforce, workforce development organizations must pivot in order to better connect employers and jobseekers. How workforce development organizations can do that is the subject of a new series of papers underwritten by the Boston Foundation, SkillWorks, and JVS Boston.
New network will push for policies in postsecondary education, workforce training, career and technical education that expand economic opportunities for people and boost local businesses
Boston, MA – Massachusetts will be one of ten states to join the just-launched SkillSPAN, the first nationwide network of non-partisan organizations working together to drive workforce policy wins in over twenty-five states over the next five years.
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.