The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) has long dispensed workforce funds to various community-based organizations – 80 in the last fiscal year. But how can that regular contact be optimized to benefit Boston’s wider workforce development ecosystem? The OWD is addressing that question
In October of last year, Mayor Martin Walsh announced the creation of the Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative (GBAAI) – a comprehensive apprenticeship program designed to prepare residents for careers in the fast-growing hospitality and construction industries. “We want to provide a pipeline to better-paying jobs with benefits,”
When they walk into Maria Chavez’s Boston Housing Authority (BHA) office, many public housing residents come fatigued by the challenges of poverty, stress, and the uphill battle to improve their situation. Maria embraces them – anyone who enters her office,
The most recent cohort of Operation Exit, a program that trains high-risk residents for new careers, graduated February 29 from an eight-week instructional program on computer coding. Resilient Coders, a local non-profit that teaches coding to young people from underserved communities, led
A new, wide-reaching apprenticeship program has launched this fall thanks to a $3 million federal American Apprenticeship grant. The grant proposal was spearheaded by the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) and secured with the help of its program partners.
How do you foster a culture of writing among young people? For WriteBoston, the key strategy is to establish partnerships in area schools. The organization coaches teachers in writing instruction strategies, advises school administrators on curriculum development, and runs writing