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SkillWorks is a multiyear initiative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts.  SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of helping low income individuals attain family supporting jobs and businesses find skilled workers.


Phase I (2003-2008) invested $15 million to help more than 3,000 workers receive skills training with hundreds entering the workforce or receiving raises and promotions.

Phase II (2009-2013) continued its important work with an added emphasis on better connecting Massachusetts’s community colleges and other post-secondary institutions to and the workforce development system. SkillWorks raised $10 million for Phase II for investments in Workforce Partnerships, Public Policy Advocacy and Capacity Building and served nearly 1,700 entry-level jobs seekers and incumbent worker for jobs in healthcare, construction, hospitality and financial services. SkillWorks also successfully advocated for and aligned with $70M in state workforce resources for workforce training.

Phase III (2014-2018) – Now in it third phase of the initiative, SkillWorks has already served nearly 400 individual jobs seekers and incumbent works and has reached a 76% employment rate for those who have completed training to date. SkillWorks goal is to raise more than $5M dollars for Phase III and reach even more youth, young adults and under/unemployed workers. Additionally, SkillWorks will take a more employer-centric approach by continuing to support the Boston Healthcare Careers Consortium and adding new industry-specific consortia in IT/Technology and Hospitality with other partners in the city. SkillWorks is also expanding its reach into Greater Boston with new investments in Cambridge and Somerville and developing a burgeoning youth and young adult portfolio focused on work readiness and career navigation.

SkillWorks has become a model for cities across the country and for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Call 617-338-1700 or visit the SkillWorks website to learn more.

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