MassDOT and the MBTA have launched the Massachusetts Workforce Initiative Now (MassWIN) Green Line Extension Workforce Development program to identify, assess, train, and place community members into transportation related careers.
MassWIN is a pilot project with the mission of building a sustainable workforce from local residents, organizations and institutions in the communities most impacted by the GLX project. The program is modeled after a Denver Regional Transportation District program and will focus on workforce development and job creation in the communities along the Green Line Extension route.
“I strongly believe that investment in workforce development along side transportation itself is a vital component to building a strong future for our Commonwealth,” said MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott. “The transportation industry provides a multitude of career paths, and by launching the MassWIN GLX Program, we are helping to promote growth in this industry and in our own backyard.”
MassDOT and the MBTA worked closely with representatives from the Somerville Community Corporation, Jobs for Somerville, the Cities of Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Bunker Hill Community College, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and White Skanska Kiewit to identify job creation opportunities along the corridor.
The program aims to retain a sustainable workforce qualified to support the rapid evolving needs of transportation. MassWIN seeks to place trained community members in transportation and construction career paths. By expanding the local workforce, this program will contribute to the economic growth of the region.
The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and Executive Office of Education will assist in developing MassWIN by identifying existing workforce development training programs and service providers that meet the needs of the MassWIN program and also identifying funding sources.
An Access and Opportunity Committee will be established to help guide development and implementation of the program and allow for exchange of information and ideas about the Green Line Extension MassWIN program.
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