PVD HealthWorks is the City’s specialized healthcare and social assistance (HSA) workforce development partnership that will create training pipelines, career pathways, and other workforce solutions for individuals interested in accessing careers in the healthcare and social assistance industry.
The program matches training to high demand employer workforce needs, connecting qualified HSA professionals with employers looking for top talent, strategically connect partners around shared needs, and actively foster system solutions around those shared needs to minimize siloed efforts.
Tech Force Rhode Island provides customized, industry-led training to Rhode Island career seekers and connects Rhode Island employers with in-demand, credentialed tech talent. A blended learning model of technical, business and work-readiness training prepares well-rounded candidates ready to meet employer needs. Funded by the USDOL, Tech Force programs and services are open to employers and are free to qualified Rhode Island residents and those who have been displaced from a Rhode Island employer.
The PVD Self-Employment Program will provide unemployed and under-employed Providence residents with the training and support necessary so that they can become reemployed by starting their own businesses. The program provides training and educational opportunities unemployed and under-employed Providence residents, helping them gain the financial literacy, practical business skills, and access to capital required to start and grow small businesses.
Working Cities Challenge
Rhode Island Working Cities Challenge (WCC) (granted through the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston) will aid the implementation of the PVD–Transforming its Workforce System Initiative through collaborative efforts by a diverse group of community organizations, public and private organizations, and Providence residents. The aim is to enhance how the City’s workforce system connects to and works with underserved job seekers through the creation of four (4) Neighborhood-based Connection Sites that will expand access to robust employment services.
The four (4) pilot Connection Sites that will allow residents to access services within their neighborhoods include the Providence Career and Technical Academy, the Providence Housing Authority, the Genesis Center, and Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island. Initiative partners combined have committed over $190,000 in in-kind support throughout a 3-year period.
Additionally, the Providence Working Cities Challenge Team intends on working with One Stop to brand, market, and promote the new community access points; extend hours for better accessibility; pilot revisions to streamline the intake process at community sites, and provide One Stop and Connection Site staff strengths-based career counseling and cultural competence training.