Policy Initiatives Overview

At the PIC, policy and practice inform each other continuously in developing effective education and workforce strategies. A diverse organization, the PIC makes use of different perspectives to create relevant and timely programming to respond to the needs of the community and business.

As an intermediary, the PIC plays three interrelated roles: (1) convening local leadership around policy priorities, (2) brokering partnerships with employers and connecting people with work and learning opportunities, and (3) measuring impact. With each function, the PIC uses public-private partnerships to identify needs and leverage resources.

Mayor Walsh appoints the members of the Private Industry Council, which serves the Boston Workforce Investment Board. Comprised of leaders from business, education, government, labor and the community, the Board sets strategic priorities for public workforce development funds and charters Boston’s one-stop career centers.

The PIC is the convener of the Boston Compact, the city’s historic collaborative school improvement agreement among the Mayor, the leaders of Boston’s business community, the higher education community, the Boston Public Schools, and the Boston Teachers Union.

The PIC convenes the Youth Transitions Task Force, a group that includes community-based organizations, the Boston Public Schools, city departments and state agencies, focused on decreasing the dropout rate in Boston.

<p>Postsecondary credentials matter. As a result, more young people need to enroll in college &ndash; and more of those who enroll in college must graduate. Those who do not enroll in college need access to employment and occupational training.</p>

<p>Healthcare is the largest sector in Boston, employing 18% of the workers in the city. The Boston Healthcare Careers Consortium brings together healthcare employers, educational institutions, labor organizations, the workforce system and others to improve communication among partners, advocate for policy change, and develop informational resources for individuals considering careers in healthcare.</p>

Strengthening the economy requires meeting the needs of local employers and residents. Given that eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills – and STEM related jobs are better compensated and more stable than other sectors – building a pipeline of students to enter the field is critical.

The SCILS Initiative is a $5 million, 4 year H1B Technical Skills Training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to invest in the life science workforce in the Metro Boston area. SCILS is designed to improve career opportunities for residents of the Metro Boston area and to provide a more highly trained workforce for the region's healthcare and biotechnology sectors.