Fall Newsletter

Featured Announcements

Hack.Diversity Launches With Plans to 
Increase Diversity in the IT/Tech Industry

November 18: The New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) announced the launch of Hack.Diversity, a public-private partnership designed to tackle the under-representation of Black and Latino employees in Boston’s innovation economy.

Hack.Diversity connects hiring managers from participating companies, including Carbonite, DataXuHubSpot and Vertex, to the career centers of urban postsecondary institutions with the intent of hiring minority talent to paid internships that turn into full-time jobs. Bunker Hill Community College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Massachusetts Boston are the first schools that will participate.

The project is supported by the NEVCA, The Boston Foundation, SkillWorks, Year Up, the Boston Private Industry Council, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, all of which will help organize the program or provide training resources to students and companies.

For more information, read NEVCA's press release.

Press Coverage on Hack.Diversity:

Tech firms have a lot to do to fix diversity - Boston Globe, Novmeber 18, 2016

Creating diversity in the innovation economy - Boston Globe Op Ed, November 18, 2016

Hubspot, Vertex and others involved in new diversity recruiting effort - Boston Business Journal, November 18, 2016

Initiative aims to increase diversity in Boston's innovation economy - WBUR, November 18, 2016

More details coming soon, so stay tuned!


SkillWorks is Proud to Announce Our 2017 Grantees!
From the Blog
MA Jobs & Workforce Summit Recap: This Year, We Mean Business!

In case you missed it, the  Workforce Solutions Group (WSG) , with support and in partnership with  SkillWorks , successfully hosted the  7th Annual Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit  on Wednesday, October 26 in Devens, MA. Every year, the Workforce Solutions group brings more than 300 key policy makers, business, labor, and education leaders, to present the latest information about statewide labor and credential needs, higher education initiatives and career pathways for young adults. This year’s theme? We Mean Business!
Introducing the NEW National Fund!

As a workforce funder collaborative,  SkillWorks  invests pooled resources into employer-driven, sector-based training and placement strategies to help low-skill, low-and moderate-income job seekers move to family-sustaining jobs, and help employers find and retain skilled employees.

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce development intermediary and is the model for the  National Fund for Workforce Solutions . Since its inception in 2007, the National Fund has been a key partner, advisor, and collaborator with SkillWorks, and we’re excited to continue working closely with the National Fund as they launch into an exciting new phase!
Greater Boston IT/Tech Consortium Launches to Address the Skills Gap By Building an IT/Tech Talent Pipeline

In September, the SkillWorks, in partnership with the Boston Private Industry Council, launched the Greater Boston IT/Tech Consortium with a forum focused on workforce challenges, including lack of diversity in the sector across all occupations and lack of exposure between employers and two-year colleges as a talent pipeline. At the forum, SkillWorks released a new Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry report This forum was the first in a series of three that marked the beginning of a greater dialogue on how to narrow skill gaps, increase diversity, and provide greater opportunities in ICT for all Massachusetts residents.

WATCH the forum.
READ the ICT report.
JOIN the conversation #GrtrBosTech
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Around the Workforce World
NEW REPORT:  Shaping the Future Workforce

Roundtable Case Studies of Successful Business/Education Partnerships. Released by the Massachusetts Business Roundtable.

NEW REPORT: Skills for Good Jobs: An Agenda for the Next President

This new report from the National Skills Coalition's (NSC) offers concrete proposals to put millions of Americans on the pathway to a good-paying, middle-skill job. The agenda includes recommendations to make today's educational and workforce data a valuable tool for expanding individual opportunity and economic prosperity.

The Young Adult Labor Force in Massachusetts
Prepared by the UMass Donahue Institute for the Boston Private Industry Council

SAVE THE DATE  for CWC 's annual Sharing Skills-Building Connections conference:  Thursday May 11, 2017 in Sturbridge!

Call for Presenters: CWC is seeking proposals for the conference on best practices and innovative solutions for workforce development and employment programs. Proposals are due on December 5th!
NEW REPORT on Career Pathways!

"Career Pathways to Quality Jobs in Construction, Hospitality, and Healthcare"
The City of Boston Mayor's Office of Workforce Development (OWD) and UMass Boston's Center for Social Policy (CSP) released a report authored by Brandynn Holgate, PhD, that explores the potential for career pathways in healthcare, construction, and hospitality to help low-wage workers achieve economic mobility. Read more.
For more workforce news, updates & more, check out SkillWorks'  Press Room and Resources pages on our website!
Recent/Upcoming Meetings & Events

MassINC's 2016 Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Awards: Nov. 15, 10:00am-2:00pm 

Boston Healthcare Careers Consortium meeting: Nov. 16, 9:00am-11:00am

BEST Corp Dudley Sq. facility ribbon cutting: Nov. 16, 3:00pm-5:00pm

The Boston Foundation Annual Meeting: Nov. 17, 5:30pm-9:00pm

Opportunity Youth Collaborative full meeting: Nov. 30, 3:00pm-5:00pm

SkillWorks Grantee Convening: Dec. 14, 10:00am-12:00pm

SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Greater Boston IT/Tech Forum: Jan 27th

SAVE THE DATE: 14th Annual Sharing Skills ~ Building Connections ConferenceMay 11, 2017

If you're interested in learning more or attending any of these meetings or events,   
please contact Kaitlyn Bean at kaitlyn.bean@tbf.org.

NEW RESOURCE: Boston’s Workforce Development Events Calendar!

The Mayor's Office of Workforce Development (OWD) has created a new online resource,  Boston's Workforce Development Events Calendar, to help your organization:
  1. Promote its workforce development events 
  2. Follow the latest happenings in Boston's workforce development community
Thanks for Reading & Happy Thanksgiving
from SkillWorks!
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