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Workforce programs boost Boston jobs

Posted on January 2, 2019

A number of workforce programs will go towards strengthening Boston jobs.

The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) channeled over $14 million to more than 100 local organizations that provided job training, education, career coaching, English instruction, youth programs, and apprenticeship opportunities to Boston residents from July 2017 to June 2018, according to the┬ánewly-released Fiscal Year 2018 OWD Annual Report.

The report, FY18 Annual Report: A Better Boston for Everyone, features many of the different participants who strengthen Boston’s workforce development system, including employers, workers, students, researchers, and public servants. Also highlighted are several new OWD initiatives of the past fiscal year:

  • City Academy – a job training program to prepare residents for quality careers with the City of Boston
  • Facilities maintenance apprenticeship – a paid apprenticeship for maintenance technicians with property manager WinnResidential
  • Boston Builds Credit – a series of free credit-building workshops for Boston residents
  • EMT apprenticeship – a paid apprenticeship for emergency medical technicians with Boston EMS
  • BostonHires – a hiring campaign to place Boston residents in living wage jobs with benefits