Somerville is seeking to hire a workforce development agency to help connect residents with job openings in the city.
This week the city has released a request for proposals in an effort to find a workforce development agency that for a two-year contract worth a maximum of $100,000 will provide job training, outreach and job placements in Somerville, according to Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s office.
“Our core value is making Somerville an exceptional place to live, work, play and raise a family, and making that a reality for all our residents begins with ‘work’—having a decent job makes living here, playing here and raising a family all possible,” said Curtatone in a press release Tuesday. “We need to give local workers every advantage that we can, so that as Somerville grows, so do our residents in the workforce.”
According to Curtatone’s office, there are 45,000 workers living in Somerville, but only 20,000 jobs are located within the city and only 16 percent of Somerville residents work in the city.
Somerville is seeking to create 30,000 new jobs in the city by 2030, and Curtatone’s office said the planned extension of the Green Line, along with development underway at Assembly Square and future commercial expansion in Union Square will help move the city toward that goal.
The city is seeking to hire a workforce development agency that can create and maintain a database of interested job applicants and job opportunities in Somerville in an effort to help Somerville residents gain first access to new employment opportunities in the city.
The agency would also serve as the primary point of contact for employers seeking to hire local residents, according to Curtatone’s office.
A Jobs Advisory Committee in the city identified barriers Somerville residents face in finding employment near their homes, and Curtatone said in the press release that by partnering with a workforce development agency the city will address the committee’s recommendations.
Any workforce development agency that the city hires will be expected to hit benchmarks based on the number of residents that are served, the number of successful job placements, workforce training sessions and the frequency of public outreach.
In the first year of the contract, 20 percent of the payments will be linked to meeting the benchmarks, and in the second year half of the payments will be linked to meeting the benchmarks, according to the city.