City Receives EDA Good Jobs Challenge Grant of $23 Million

According to Mayor Michelle Wu (EDA), the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration has granted the City of Boston a $23 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant. With the help of this award, a Regional Workforce Training System (RWTS) will be created, focusing on training and job placement for 4,618 high-quality positions in niche markets like healthcare, sustainable energy, and child care. At a gathering held today at Beth Israel Lahey Health, this statement was delivered.

The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) brought together partners from important organizations that assist incumbent workers, community college students, BIPOC individuals, and jobless, underemployed, and incumbent workers in the Greater Boston Region as the lead applicant. Over a three-year award period beginning in October 2022, more than 100 neighborhood businesses will open doors and connect the workers in the area to training and career routes in the childcare, healthcare, and clean energy sectors.

According to Mayor Wu, “this significant financing will link participating citizens with more than 4,000 living wage jobs and essential support services.” With the help of this funding, we will be able to do more quickly to make Boston a city for all people and provide our citizens with opportunities in the fields of sustainable energy, child care, and healthcare. I appreciate the Biden Administration’s cooperation and the leadership of our Office of Workforce Development staff in securing this important award.

According to U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves, “Thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, this EDA Good Jobs Challenge grant is delivering for thousands of Bostonians and their families across multiple key industries.” “The success of individuals, the community, and the local economy is ensured by ensuring the placement of underrepresented populations into quality, well-paying occupations.”

The Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s awarding of this grant, according to Segun Idowu, Chief of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion, “will go a long way toward helping us reach our Cabinet’s vision of an equitable, sustainable city that centres people and creates opportunities to build generational wealth.” “I am appreciative of Director Trinh Nguyen and her staff at the Office of Workforce Development for their months-long commitment to creating enduring relationships and a submission that won an award. Their dedication has made it possible for those Bostonians who are most in need to have access to profitable opportunities in important businesses.

According to Arthur Jemison, Chief of Planning, “We are proud of the work the Office of Workforce Development has done here to be able to bring these crucial grant funds back to Boston to stimulate our economy and diversify our business community.” I’m excited to watch this group of diverse workers succeed and have a significant impact on Boston’s future.

These positions will include career paths that result in pay that can support a family, employer-sponsored benefits, and educational success. The demands of both businesses and job seekers will be met by the RWTS, which features ongoing programme review and client tracking.

According to Trinh Nguyen, Director of Office of Workforce Development, “this grant is the result of close collaboration between the City of Boston and major employer partners such as Mass General Brigham and Beth Israel Lahey Health, employer partners of Asian American Civic Association, as well as the YMCA and the Massachusetts Association of Early Education & Care (Child Care). “These partners will build sustainable pipelines to well-paying positions with an emphasis on people of colour who have historically been excluded from jobs with advancement potential,” the statement reads. “With ready-to-scale projects in important areas.”

The president and CEO of Beth Israel Lahey Health, Kevin Tabb, MD, said, “All of us at Beth Israel Lahey Health are proud to partner with the City of Boston’s Office of Workforce Development, and we’re grateful to the Biden Administration for their support for our efforts to develop the exceptional workforce we have today and engage the next generation of talented caregivers and staff. “Partnerships like these assist us achieve our common goals of enhancing the region’s economic security and addressing the variety of needs in our community,” the statement continues.

A backbone organisation that acts as a convener and leader within each targeted industry is in charge of that sector. The MassHire Boston Workforce Board (Boston PIC) is the industry leader in the healthcare sector. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) is the industry leader in sustainable energy, and Community Advocates for Young Learners (CAYL) Institute is the industry leader in child care. Community colleges in Boston are additional education and training partners. The Greater Boston Region will get the money, while Salem, Lowell, Lynn, and Lawrence are included in the Child Care Sectoral Partnership. Furthermore, ten MassHire career centres in the designated area will offer outreach, recruitment, testing, career coaching, employer engagement, and job placement for all three sectors.

“It is a pleasure for The CAYL Institute to lead this initiative to strengthen the child care industry’s position as a significant partner in Massachusetts’ economic development initiatives. In order to promote child development chances, support families, and improve early childhood education institutions, we will strengthen and extend this crucial and talented workforce, according to Dr. Valora Washington, founder and CEO of the CAYL Institute.

Dr. Aisha Francis, president & chief executive officer of the Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology, said, “We are grateful to Mayor Wu, the Office of Workforce Development, and the Biden Administration for making this honour possible. “This grant will help the number of knowledgeable clean energy professionals who have completed our programmes in renewable energy and building energy efficiency grow. We appreciate the additional assistance in helping students develop the skills necessary for well-paying green professions that require a skilled workforce right away.

The healthcare sector is the largest source of employment in Boston, so this grant provides exceptional opportunities for job seekers to enter and advance within it, according to Neil Sullivan, executive director of the Boston Private Industry Council, which coordinates the Boston Healthcare Careers Consortium. In order to increase their access to talent and diversify their organisations on all levels, Boston’s top hospitals are ready to collaborate with job training groups.

The Good Jobs Challenge will help families who have lost their jobs find employment and services in child care, health care, and sustainable energy, allowing us to meet the needs of communities that were most severely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and recession. We are so excited to work on this project! remarked Marc Draisen, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s executive director (MAPC).

OWD will collaborate with MAPC, the EDA-designated Economic Development District and regional planning organisation for the Boston metro area. The three professional tracks will be included in the Greater Boston Regional Workforce Training System, which MAPC will serve to manage, convene, and facilitate. The BIPOC community, which is overrepresented in the bottom end of the labour market, is one group of workers who MAPC has been building up engagements to support.

The Economic Development Administration of the Commerce Department oversees the Good Jobs Challenge, which gives local governments around the nation the opportunity to engage in creative workforce development strategies that will create job opportunities for more than 50,000 Americans. The Good Jobs Challenge aims to put Americans back to work by creating regional workforce systems that are comprehensive, have strong sectoral and employer partnerships, and result in high-paying jobs.

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