Co-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!
Ever since the launch of the Greater Boston IT/Tech Consortium in September 2016, there has been a flurry of excitement around the opportunities and challenges the Consortium has set out to address, and the possibilities for building an accessible and sustainable talent pipeline that meets the needs of Greater Boston residents and employers.
Don’t just take our word for it, after hosting two forums, we’ve been getting some awesome feedback and shout-outs via Twitter:
As an article in today’s Boston Globe highlights, warnings of the instability of the Massachusetts economy are growing. Reporter Deirdre Fernandes writes that the region’s top economists are stressing that despite numbers showing economic recovery and steady growth, when you check under the hood, you’ll see a more troubling picture. Yes, the official unemployment has dropped even lower than pre-recession levels to 4.4%, which is also below the current national average of 5%. And it’s true that the state economy has been experiencing steady growth, reaching an annual rate of 2.3%, well above the national average of 0.5%. But these data points divert attention from a myriad of challenges and systemic imbalances combining to create a ‘perfect storm’ positioned to wreak havoc on our economy.
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.
On Wednesday, September 18, SkillWorks together with its funders and partners celebrated 10 years of high impact work in workforce development. We produced this new video to highlight our work and some great participant stories. Enjoy!