FutureWorks Inc. has been awarded a new four-year charter to operate MassHire Springfield Career Center. The MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board granted the charter which begins July 1, 2021. FutureWorks Inc. responded to a request for proposals for career center operators. The bid, which was submitted in January, was subject to an evaluation process by a review team. The team’s recommendations were forwarded to the workforce board’s Executive Committee in February and then to it’s Board of Directors in March. It was at their March 9th meeting that the Board of Directors voted to approve FutureWorks Inc. as the career center operator.
As required under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, the Chief Elected Official for Hampden County, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno agreed to the selection. The four-year Charter period is subject to an annual re-chartering and recontracting renewal process. MassHire Springfield Career Center’s Executive Director, Kevin Lynn, stated, “The approval of a new four-year charter is a reflection of the commitment of our staff to foster career opportunities while supporting the development of local business.” The FutureWorks Inc. team has operated the Springfield career center since 1997.
Under the charter, FutureWorks Inc., a non-profit, works to serve both the job seekers and businesses of Hampden County. These services include; job search assistance, career training and computer skills training. Businesses can take advantage of no-cost job postings, job fairs, customized recruitments as well as apprenticeships and On the Job Training programs. In the past year, MassHire Springfield has greatly increased the number of live and on-demand virtual trainings to accommodate the need for distance learning.