Springfield WORKS was created by city, community, education and employer leaders to develop and drive innovative strategies to transform our workforce ecosystem, with funding from the Boston Federal Reserve Bank’s Working Cities Challenge grant. Approximately 42 out of 100 Springfield residents aged 16 to 64 are not working, poverty rates are rising and employers do not have enough qualified candidates to support operations and growth.
These innovative strategies are led and supported by Springfield WORKS Partners:
- Implement a community technology portal to connect job seekers, employers, education/training, and supports.
- Drive policy and legislative changes to incentivize and reward work.
- Expand access to quality training, coaching and mentoring.
- Advance collective impact relationships to drive alignment through data sharing and analysis for continuous improvement.
As a result of this systems change, Springfield WORKS Partners hope to increase the percentage of people working from 58% to 75% over a ten-year period.
The Springfield WORKS team agreed that collaboration, alignment and new ways of thinking will be key to addressing these challenges, AND it will take innovative strategies and significant changes to transform our workforce ecosystem so that it works for employers and residents.