June 19, 2017
Announcement: Major Investment in Boston's Workforce Development
On Monday, June 19, the PIC and SkillWorks co-convened the final in a series of three TechHire Boston forums focused on diversifying Boston's tech workforce. At the event, Mayor Walsh and Paul Grogan, president of The Boston Foundation, announced a major investment aimed at bolstering and diversifying the city's talent pipeline. The goal is to prepare more Boston residents to fill a growing number of jobs that require at least mid-level education or training—jobs that employers are finding it increasingly challenging to fill.
The $11 million investment put forth by the City of Boston's Neighborhood Jobs Trust, The Boston Foundation, and various private funders will support job training, internships, and college and career bridge programs. The funds are projected to support approximately 3,000 residents from traditionally underrepresented Boston neighborhoods.
Following the announcement, a panel discussion moderated by Jim Whelan, SVP and chief information officer at Boston Properties and the chair of TechHire Boston, explored how Boston can implement an effective IT/Tech strategy to meet employer needs and expand access to more candidates for in-demand jobs. Panelists included Jody Rose, executive director of the New England Venture Capital Association, Makeeba McCreary, managing director & senior advisor of external affairs at the Boston Public Schools, Shawn Bowen, national director for strategic growth and impact at Year Up, and Paul Brasil, vice president of information technology at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Major themes of the conversation centered on developing a coordinated system working together to address tech hiring gaps, boosting exposure to tech careers for young people in Boston, and addressing both the hard and soft skills needed for career success.