Equity in Workforce Development
Term One Achievements
Cambridge has a host of workforce development programs and economic opportunity initiatives across industries, and yet many residents still lack secure employment - including veterans, seniors and residents who have been formerly incarcerated. It is critical we provide opportunities for residents of all backgrounds and skill levels to access jobs that pay a living wage in Cambridge.
Our services, programs and policies must be directly informed by data, and I’ve been a strong and consistent advocate for comprehensive and continued evaluation. A thorough process for evaluation will help illuminate present gaps and areas for growth and serve to guide the city in developing more targeted strategies to improve access and outreach.
Creating a Workforce Consortium:
Another key is in improving communication across the city’s programs and service providers, and one of my goals for this year is to develop a workforce consortium, a practical tool to assist in facilitating regular communication and transparency across the variety of Workforce Development service providers in the city.
The Workforce Development Program:
Pushed for more funding for Cambridge Housing Authority’s Workforce Development Program, which has helped low-income students to broaden their horizons and to create their own pathways to educational and economic success for over 25 years.
Developing a CORI Clinic:
This fall, I will help organize a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) clinic with the Department of Human Services to assist residents who may be eligible to seal their records.