July 16, 2019
ABCD Gets $75K Green Jobs Training Grant from SkillWorks

February 11, 2011 — Action for Boston Community Development, Boston's leading antipoverty agency, has been awarded a $75,000 grant from SkillWorks to create pathways to middle-skill jobs in green manufacturing, hazardous waste management, recycling, and deconstruction industries.

SkillWorks, a partnership among local and national foundations, the city of Boston, and the state, is designed to create opportunities for people to gain skills needed to be successful in the Massachusetts economy.

John J. Drew, president and CEO of Action for Boston Community Development (ABDC), said, “ABCD is thrilled to be working with SkillWorks and our other partners on the exciting Green Jobs Initiative to develop workers to participate in the alternative and renewable energy fields. It’s a win-win for Boston’s people and neighborhoods.

“We are putting people who are unemployed or striving to improve their work situations on a positive career path in industries that preserve the environment and build sustainable communities.”

Sze Leung, director of SkillWorks, said “We are pleased to make these awards to support job creation in green industries. By working with local businesses and training organizations, we can develop good paying middle skill jobs that are good for the environment.”

MassCOSH, which trains and advocates for safe, secure jobs and healthy communities in eastern and central Massachusetts, along with the Roxbury Technology Corporation and Save That Stuff, Inc. will partner in the project, which will provide Boston residents with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics training, on-the-job skill development, and certification opportunities.

Additional Green Jobs planning grants were awarded to JFYNetWorks and Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston to work with employers to develop certification and career pathways for middle skill jobs in hazardous waste management and energy efficiency administrative support, respectively.

To date, SkillWorks has invested more than $18 million to equip area workers and employers with competitive skills.

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