The Worcester Jobs Fund was created to better connect Worcester residents with good jobs made available through development projects and job expansion activities. The effort prepares residents for employment in viable long-term career pathways where there is an immediate workforce need through activities such as job training, job recruitment, and related services.
The Fund is administratively housed within the MassHire Central Region Workforce Board and is guided by a committee comprising representatives from the Executive Office of Economic Development, the MassHire Central Career Centers, Worcester Community Labor Coalition, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Worcester Public Schools.
The Fund currently receives an annual City of Worcester tax levy appropriation of $200,000. Additional funding from federal, state, local, and private sources are leveraged to enhance and support programming as well. For Fiscal Year 2019 the Fund has been approved as a SNAP Outreach and Employment & Training Partner as well as a recipient of funds from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.