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Helping Boston MetroWest Employers Create a More Inclusive Workforce

We are pleased to announce Riverside’s fifth Regional Employment Collaborative – the MetroWest Employment Collaborative. This new initiative will connect businesses in 29 Boston MetroWest communities to qualified job seekers with disabilities, building upon the success of the existing four Riverside Regional Employment Collaboratives.  Businesses will be better able to enrich both their organizations and their communities by hiring a diverse and inclusive workforce.

The Collaboratives are partnerships of state agencies, employers, workforce development entities, and employment service providers.  Working across these groups accomplishes a number of goals at once: streamlining the process of finding and hiring individuals with disabilities, broadening the types of employers providing opportunities, and enhancing access to career training and resources. In 2019, through the efforts and activities of the Regional Employment Collaboratives, 850 individuals with disabilities went to work!

With the formation of this new Collaborative, business owners in Boston MetroWest will be able to meet with Employer Liaisons from the Collaborative to discuss their hiring needs and requirements, and together they can plan on how best to fill current job openings.  This service comes with no cost to the employer.  Current employer partners include CVS Health, Big Y, Sodexo, MGM Spring, TJX Companies, and many more.

Other partners of the Collaborative will include employment services of the Department of Developmental Services  and Department of Mental Health; representatives from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and Massachusetts Commission for the Blind; local representatives from DDS, DMH, Mass Hire Career Centers, and the Workforce Board.

The MetroWest Employment Collaborative will serve 29 communities: Ashland, Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxboro, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Medfield, Millis, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norfolk, Norwood, Northborough, Plainville, Sharon, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston, and Westwood.

To learn more about the MetroWest Employment Collaborative, please contact Charlie Powderly, Project Coordinator at (781) 801-8038 or cpowderly@riversidecc.org.

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