Kendall Workforce Development
The CRA has released its Kendall Center Opportunity Space Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Responses will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until September 28th, 2018 at 4:00pm.
Kendall Center Opportunity Space RFQ - August 24, 2018
The CRA is reigniting its involvement in workforce development issues in Cambridge. Historically, the CRA operated various workforce initiatives including the youth training program in Wellington-Harrington that evolved into Just-A-Start. Today the CRA is undertaking projects to strengthen connections between the vibrant technology / biotechnology industries in Kendall and the neighborhoods of Cambridge immediately around Kendall Square.
This new workforce development focus began with the planning for the Foundry building, and now includes the 255 Main Opportunity Space described below. Additionally the CRA and the City have begun a collaborative research project to take a deeper dive into the workforce development needs of Cambridge, as well as ongoing efforts with the Kendall Square Association to connect and expand the diversity / inclusion initiatives underway at our local innovation companies.
255 Main Opportunity Space
The CRA is working to create a workforce development Opportunity Space, as a component of the KSURP, to strengthen the connections between job seekers in Cambridge, Boston-area residents and the innovation economy of Kendall Square. The CRA and BXP has proposed that an area of commercial space within the existing 255 Main Street building be dedicated as Opportunity Space by 2019.
The Opportunity Space will serve as a workforce ‘campus’ cluster of classrooms, small offices, gathering space, and co-working space within the broader Innovation Space of 255 Main Street. Programs in the Opportunity Space will provide a full range of targeted technical education and career development opportunities. The CRA envisions that 255 Main Street should become a central node for workforce development activity in Cambridge focused on technology careers. As Kendall Square is home to a wide range of local start-ups and large-scale international companies that are collectively leaders in the innovation economy, this Opportunity Space will be pivotal in meeting the economic opportunity objectives of the KSURP and helping many residents meet their individual career development goals.
- Create a center with multiple layers of career assistance services, such as assessment, education, counseling, and mentorship resources, to individuals seeking to enter the innovation economy.
- Deliver a high impact set of training programs targeting a range of skill levels matched to the needs of Kendall Square employers.
- Develop an approachable, professional space for job seekers in the community and an accessible, useful resource for employers building their workforce.
The Opportunity Space will be considered successful if it becomes an essential location in the workforce development landscape of the region, and functions as a critical resource for employers seeking to fill their talent pipeline.