Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston strive to build an integrated workforce development system that responds to the needs of employers for skilled workers. This enables jobseekers looking for new or expanded employment opportunities through comprehensive employment services to support economic growth, improve quality of life, and strengthen communities and neighborhoods.
First Source is a program that connects job seekers and employers in the City of Providence. We are committed to finding job-ready Providence residents and placing them into open positions with First Source employers. If you live in Providence and are out of work or underemployed, we can assist in helping you with your next career.
The Office of Economic Opportunity, in partnership with the Center for Women and Enterprise and the Division of Community Development, has created a Self-Employment Program for currently unemployed and under-employed Providence residents who are interested in starting their own businesses.
PVD HealthWorks is the City’s specialized healthcare and social assistance 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.
Tech Force Rhode Island assists long-term unemployed and under-employed individuals, as well as provides Rhode Island employers with qualified IT talent. Eligible participants may receive work-readiness and occupational training for in-demand IT positions in Rhode Island. Paid internships, On the Job Training, supportive services and job placement assistance are also available.
For employers, Tech Force Rhode Island provides many no-cost benefits including talent recruitment and screening, training for in-demand positions, and On the Job Training reimbursements to offset hiring and training costs. Tech Force Rhode Island is funded by the US Department of Labor.
For more detailed information, please visit http://techforceri.org/
The City of Providence’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program connects certified businesses with opportunities to sell their products and services to City of Providence departments. Mayor Jorge Elorza’s goal is to promote fairness and equity in the City’s procurement process in order to increase M/WBE’s participation and support economic prosperity for minority and women-owned businesses throughout the City.
Minority- and women-owned businesses interested in participating in the MBE/WBE program must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by a minority or woman and be certified by the State’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Opportunity.
For more information on this program please contact Grace Diaz the MBE/WBE Outreach Director for the City of Providence, by phone at (401) 680-5766 or by email at .