1. Springfield WORKS Takes Collaborative Approach to Job Growth

    Springfield WORKS Takes Collaborative Approach to Job Growth

    Anne Kandilis spends a lot of time talking with area employers, so she knows there are jobs to be had. How to connect those jobs to people who can perform them — well, that’s an issue that has plagued Western Mass. for a generation. “One local employer told me, ‘I’m about half the size I could be, but I can’t find enough skilled workers,” said Kandilis, Working Cities Challenge director at the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Western Massachusetts. Furthermore, she noted, many of these jobs are blue-collar positions that don’t require a college degree, but the ...

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    1. One local employer told me, 'I'm about half the size I could be, but I can't find enough skilled workers.
    2. The 14 original partners in Springfield WORKS — the organization boasts more than three times that today —
    3. By driving this through skills that are in demand, we're able to align training and education in a way that has not been done before.
    4. We want to change that number from 42% who aren't working to 25%, and lower if we can get there.
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