The program is intended to provide coaching and mentorship to help young people take the first step in their careers. It has been ongoing in Pittsfield for 15 years, and for the last six Guardian Life Insurance has contributed.
When people think about "the city" or "the government" images of politicians, the pillars at city hall, or a badge jumps into their mind.
They don't necessarily see the city as being made up of individuals, humans, who have regular lives just like anyone else doing jobs just like themselves.
Some 150 or so job seekers made their way to the newly built Taconic High School on Wednesday for 1Berkshire's annual career fair.
The event drew some 73 different exhibitors to talk about jobs they have available, or services they offer job seekers. According to Ben Lamb, it is the most exhibitors the organization has had at the annual fair.
The most recent data shows that there are 1,143 jobs available in Berkshire County ranging from sales to health care to engineering to maintenance.
And yet, there are thousands of people unemployed. Shortly after state Sen. Adam Hinds was elected he asked MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board Executive Director Health Boulger what would be the magic wand to matching those up.
We have jobs.
That's what numerous elected officials proclaimed Wednesday morning. There are thousands of jobs available. But, at the same time, there are still thousands of people in the Berkshires looking.
"We have jobs, lots of jobs, nearly 1,500 every day. Job from travel and tourism to engineering to health care, executives and entry-level and every level of talent," Mayor Linda Tyer said. "We have jobs. The Berkshires are ready to hire."
There are agencies, companies, and organizations throughout the county focused on workforce development. Each of them has their own set of offerings to job seekers and employers.
Donna Todd Rivers is now eyed to become the person who knows them all and gets them all on the same page. Rivers has been hired as Berkshire County Regional Employment Board's Berkshire recruiter - or as state Sen. Adam Hinds has dubbed it, the "workforce czar." The position was created through state funding and is