The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) is an innovative public agency that seeks to promote economic self-sufficiency to ensure the full participation of all Boston residents in the city’s economic vitality and future, seeking to connect low-income residents with job training and employment opportunities and to promote lifelong literacy and educational pathways.

The primary focus of OWD is to enable competitive workforce development initiatives and policies to put Boston’s youth and adults on career paths toward economic security. While OWD continues to support adult basic education, ESOL and Hi-set related programs, OWD stresses the importance of collaboration with the city’s workforce development and education initiatives, with an overall emphasis on empowering Bostonians to fulfill their educational and employment aspirations.

Previously, OWD was known as the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services (JCS).