Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce, Inc.

Marlborough, MA   |  www.pswinc.org

Mission

PSW builds partnerships with business, education, community organizations and government agencies that will (1) help companies develop a well-trained workforce so that the companies will survive and prosper and (2) enable individuals and families to reach economic self-sufficiency through education and training for 21st century jobs.

Ruling year info

2001

Principal Officer

Ms. Sylvia L. Beville

Main address

420 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 301 c/o Sylvia Beville

Marlborough, MA 01752 USA

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Formerly known as

Metro South-West Regional Employment Board Inc.

EIN

04-3530815

NTEE code info

Employment Training (J22)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

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Young Adult Employment Initiative (YAEI)

The YAEI empowers economically disadvantaged and disengaged youth through education and work leading to careers. A total of 1023 young people were placed in jobs in FY14. There are four components. (1) Future Skills Institute in Framingham. Young people not enrolled in school learn about careers, colleges and jobs. 193 young people were served in FY14. (2) Connecting Activities. An internship program for high school students in Framingham, Natick, Bellingham and Waltham is a learning experience, supported by a Work-Based Learning Plan. In FY14, 3721 students received job readiness and career exploration services and 655 students were placed in internships. Employers paid $2,125,463 million in wages. (3) Employment and Training Resources. 253 youth participated in year round work readiness programs, including a Building Trades Exploratory Program to interest them in apprenticeship programs and a health care training program. (4) YouthWorks. In a summer jobs program in Framingham and Waltham, 97 young people were placed in subsidized jobs during the summer. 45% were placed in unsubsidized jobs at the end of the summer.

Population(s) Served

Through the Health Care Learning Network low-income adults prepare for college and better jobs. HCLN is an instructor facilitated, web-based, health care contextualized college preparatory program with four courses: Computers, Reading and Writing, Math and Science. HCLN combines the best of instructor support and on-line learning. Since 2007, 587 workers in hospitals and nursing homes have taken HLCN courses. 241 enrolled in post-secondary education programs or have applications pending. HLCN has become a bridge to college program for students in five MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-funded adult learning centers and for nursing home workers who are members of the 1199Service Employees International Union's Training and Advancement Fund.

Population(s) Served

The one stop operator, Employment and Training Resources, has career centers in Norwood and Framingham with satellites in Newton and Marlborough. In the last fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, ETR provided job search assistance and job placement services to 17,000 individuals. Under the leadership of the PSW Board, ETR has transformed its business model from self-directed placement services to an advocacy model with deep relationships with employers. The former is based upon the assumption that, if people know how to look for work they can find a job themselves. The latter is based upon today's economic reality that most individuals require an advocate familiar with the industry to find a job. This transformation is based upon the findings of an evaluation conducted by Andrew Sum, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston.

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Awards

High Performing Board 2009

Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development

LIFT2 one of top ten externships programs in nation 2008

Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation

Youth Workforce Program of the Year, Honorable Mention 2011

Workforce Solutions Group

Governor's Appointment 2010

Governor's STEM Advisory Council

Appointment, MassBay Community College Board of Trustees 2012

Governor Deval Patrick

Goals & Strategy

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The target population is low-income individuals of all ages who face challenges in securing the education and employment they need to support their families. Our vision is young people who want to work do, reversing the trend of declining youth employment rates. Our vision is that people who have been unemployed for months and years re-enter the labor market in well paying jobs. Goal One: Integrate work and learning in high schools to expand jobs for high school students. Goal Two: Support the re-entry of the long-term unemployed by transforming the one-stop career system to deepen relationships with employers and advocate for their customers. Goal Three: Work with higher education to ensure that graduates have the qualifications required by employers. Goal Four: Erase literacy deficits among low-income health care workers to enable them to succeed in professional post-secondary programs. Success is defined by completion of education programs at both the secondary and post-secondary levels and by employment.

Objective one. Work with the classroom teachers to develop units where students apply classroom learning in a company or community project. A pilot at the Marlborough STEM Early College High School will be the first step. All students in those classes will work. Objective two. Strengthen the ability of the career centers to place the long-term unemployed (LTU) in jobs by ensuring that the career specialists and staff responsible for working with business work as a team, and that their performance is measured by the number of jobs that are the result of staff identifying jobs for which the candidates meet the qualifications and sell the applicant to the employer. This would be a move toward the talent or staffing agency model from the case management model--a model shown by current research to be effective.Objective three. Through internships and on-the-job training allow job seekers to demonstrate value to companies, overcoming the too frequent discrimination against people who have been out of work for a long period of time. Again, successful programs make extensive use of work experience. Objective four. Improve the literacy and numeracy of front-line health care workers by expanding access to the Health Care Learning Network--a web-based, instructor facilitated college preparatory program contextualized to health care--through the state Adult and Community Learning Services. Since its inception in the fall of 2007, almost 600 people have enrolled and over one-third have matriculated into post-secondary education. (Because HCLN has been funded by term-limited grants, follow-up has been limited.)

PSW has a decade-long track record in (1) the development of sector approaches to address unmet industry needs in health care and companies with high concentrations of technology workers and (2) the development of paid internships for high school students. Staff know how to work with industry.PSW also has extensive experience building education and business coalitions. In addition to the two mentioned above, work has begun with the information technology industry and the community colleges to revise and expand the STEM departments to meet the needs for computer science, IT and data security personnel.

A primary responsibility of the Board of Directors is oversight of the one-stop career center system. The result is a new business plan to be implemented in FY15 focusing on the direct placement of individuals in jobs and on relationships with employers. $1.3 million is available for industry sector work and federal Workforce Investment Act funds are available to support the transformation of career centers.

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Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/23/2015
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Mary Feeney

Bowditch & Dewey

Term: Oct 2012 - Oct 2015


Board co-chair

Mr. Andris Vizulis

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Term: Oct 2012 - Oct 2014

Ed Bartley

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John O'Donnell

Massachusetts Bay Community College

Gene Hornsby

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Wayne Johnson

Bunker Hill Community College

Donna Kelleher

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J. Anthony Lloyd

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Andre Mayer

Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Andris Vizulis

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Toni Wolf

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Fernando Osario

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Mary Feeney

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Bob Bower

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Dan Michaud

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