From Competitors to Colleagues: A Case Study of the Boston Healthcare Careers Consortium

Industry partnerships can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a region’s workforce development systems because they ensure that workers have opportunities to build skills that align with the needs of local employers. In fact, the CareerSTAT Guide to Investing in Frontline Health Care Workers identifies forming industry partnerships as a best practice. The Boston Healthcare Careers Consortium has been operating for nearly a decade and is recognized as the region’s most important forum for highlighting the needs of healthcare employers and removing barriers to employment for the region’s workforce. During that time, the highly successful industry partnership has been supported by the National Fund’s regional workforce funders collaborative, SkillWorks, and the Boston Private Industry Council.