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Partners HealthCare was recently awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to support the newly developed Partners in Career and Workforce Development Program. The program, which kicked off on December 1, aims to increase education and skills training opportunities for 500 new and incumbent workers during the next three years and to develop innovative ways to help people advance to skilled professional jobs in nursing, radiology technology, surgical technology and respiratory therapy. It includes pre-employment training for people entering the workforce; exposure to health careers through job shadowing and health fairs; new educational courses and programs developed in collaboration with community colleges and community-based workforce development organizations; and career planning and coaching to help individuals stay on track and succeed. “The development and nurturance of an extraordinary health care workforce is an essential component of the mission,” said Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, president, BWH. “This wonderful support will catalyze the tremendous efforts of Human Resources and of our leadership to create terrific partnerships and unique programs to build an even stronger and deeper community of great people and great jobs in service of our mission.”Partners applied for the grant under the Boston Workforce Development Initiative, a funding partnership comprised of local and national foundations, city and state government, and led by the Boston Founda-tion and the City of Boston. The initiative seeks to address the gap between employers’ needs for more skilled workers and workers’ needs for more accessible jobs that pay a family-supporting wage.“Partners HealthCare looks forward to working with our community partners to expand economic opportunity for Boston residents and build a skilled, dedicated, and diverse health care labor force for the future,” said James J. Mongan, MD, president and CEO, Partners HealthCare.BWH managers, who would like more information, should contact Beverley Sobers, manager, BWH Workforce Development, at 617-525-3112.