Cambridge Works, the Metropolis’s transitional jobs program, celebrated its twenty seventh graduating class throughout a particular ceremony on June 17, held at Cambridge Metropolis Corridor and livestreamed by way of Zoom.
This system helps Cambridge residents, ages 18-35, who haven’t been capable of get or preserve jobs for quite a lot of causes. Coordinated by way of the Division of Human Service Applications’ (DHSP) Workplace of Workforce Improvement, Cambridge Works prepares members to enter the workforce by way of a 3-month, paid momentary job placement, one-on-one case administration, skilled improvement courses, and job improvement.
“By graduating right this moment, you be a part of the ranks of 27 different Cambridge Works cohorts. Nevertheless, you’re one in all just a few cohorts to not solely full your internships efficiently, however achieve this throughout a worldwide pandemic,” mentioned Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui in her opening remarks. “I do know this distinctive expertise has made you much more resilient and ready you to fulfill any challenges that come your method … Cambridge is stronger due to your experiences and your tales.”
Seven Cambridge Works members graduated from the Spring 2022 program cycle. To realize work expertise, members have been positioned in quite a lot of paid internships at organizations all through town. This system’s employer companions, which offer members with a paid internship, mentorship, job abilities improvement, and different development alternatives, included the Cambridge Housing Authority, DHSP’s Preschool division, New England Improvement / CambridgeSide, Salvation Military, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, and the YWCA.
Throughout the ceremony, graduates shared how their expertise in Cambridge Works has reworked their lives personally and professionally. One graduate shared how, after a legal report had resulted in working minimum-wage jobs for years to assist his three kids and “survive – not stay,” Cambridge Works gave him the chance to develop skilled abilities and enhance his profession choices by way of upkeep internships at CambridgeSide and Salvation Military.
One other graduate expressed her gratitude for Cambridge Works workers in serving to her overcome a CORI setback and safe a brief job placement that she “may develop and study from” at Spaulding Hospital. The expertise reconnected her to “a way of delight and accomplishment,” and led to a full-time, everlasting place at Spaulding Hospital. “This has been a tremendous journey,” she shared. “I’m so prepared for this new chapter to start.”
A 3rd graduate emphasised the worth of this system’s construction. “Earlier than discovering Cambridge Works, I had no schedule. Covid-19 made me too comfy not having a job,” he defined. “However there’s extra to Cambridge Works than simply discovering a job. By skilled improvement courses, I made a incredible resume and obtained nice profession recommendation – 2 issues that may set me up for all times. Taking the leap to use [to Cambridge Works] has modified my life for the higher.”
One other graduate used her Cambridge Works expertise to transition again into the workforce after being a stay-at-home mother or father for the primary yr of her son’s life. “I’m leaving this program with a lot extra confidence than I began, and I’ve an important assist system even after this program,” she mentioned.
All graduates spoke to the lifelong connections they’ve made by way of this system with their friends, Cambridge Works workers, and mentors at their work websites. Of the seven graduates, three will begin full-time jobs this week , one will begin a brief job on the finish of the month, and others are persevering with to interview and discover job alternatives with assist from Cambridge Works workers.
The following cycle of Cambridge Works will probably be provided from September – December 2022. Software particulars will probably be introduced in August.
For extra info, go to www.cambridgema.gov/CambridgeWorks.