What We Do

To complement MPDC’s robust Real Estate Development Program, MPDC has a Workforce Diversity & Development Program to help connect MPDC & Lower Roxbury residents, who are seeking job placement and training, with hiring general contractors, subcontractors, and vendors working on any MPDC property.

Every person’s voice should be heard – and having our community’s interests strongly represented will help secure more resources for our neighborhood.

How We Do It:

·         Community Job FairsSince 2014, MPDC Job Fairs have connected employers with a diverse population of applicants from all skill levels. Our mission is to help contractors and local businesses excel by attracting and retaining Boston’s best talent.

·         OSHA ClassesMPDC hosts OSHA-10 & OSHA-30 classes for pre-qualified applicants interested in building trades employment opportunities.  Many employers have taken advantage of MPDC’s OSHA-10 classes over the last four years, such as Metro Equipment Corporation, Suffolk Construction, and City of Boston’s BRJP Office.

·         Applicant Referral PoolMPDC has worked with several employment hubs to help find employment for Greater Boston residents. Our current updated database houses over 800 Greater Boston applicants with diverse experience, skillset, and background.

·         Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprises DevelopmentMPDC offers assistance to Minority and Women-owned contracting firms with back-office support/training; business development, payroll submission and ongoing technical support.  MPDC’s Workforce Development program is able to pre-screen and refer MWBE contractors to general contractors and developers in the City.

·         Hands-On Workforce TrainingMPDC hosts Saturday workshops to prepare applicants for MPDC Job Fairs and/or interview sessions offering tips and techniques to prepare them. Job seekers are coached on skills such as interviewing, elevator pitches, resume writing, and more.

To Learn More, Please contact Katrina Conrad / 617.849.6226

MWBE Contractor Relief Fund

MPDC & Life Science Cares (LSC) launched The Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Contractors Relief Fund, an initiative to offer emergency financial assistance for Minority and Women-Owned Contractors in Greater Boston!
Apply today! https://bit.ly/MWBEContractorsReliefFund or contact Katrina Conrad at kconrad@madison-park.org / 617.849.6226 for more information.
As a community development corporation, MPDC comprehends the economic hardships of small contractors during COVID-19. Many MWBE contractors have found it challenging to access grants, funds, and unemployment assistance currently being offered by state and federal agencies.
Made possible by a grant from Life Science Cares and spearheaded by Katrina Conrad, MPDC’s Workforce Diversity Project Manager, the MWBE Contractor Relief Fund offers a one-time relief grant of up to $2,500 to qualified MWBE contractors who have been affected by COVID-19. The fund is open to Greater Boston-based MWBE contractors that currently have a city of Boston monitored project, employ ten or less, and did not qualify for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.
MPDC is also currently seeking additional contributors to the MWBE Contractor Relief Fund. Interested individuals or companies should visit Madison Park Development Corporation’s website at http://www.madison-park.org/make-an-impact/give/ or contact MPDC’s Resource Development Manager Kay Mathew at kmathew@madison-park.org/617.849.6335 to learn more about giving to MPDC.
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Madison’s Train 2 Trades Program

MPDC, in partnership with Madison Park Vocational Technical High School (MPVTHS), will begin to offer its hands-on Workforce Training program, Madison’s Train 2 Trades in 2020.

Our goal is to recruit 50+ participants and graduate 20 over the course of one year. MPVTHS has offered classroom and workshop space that is currently under-utilized for community use, particularly for evening and/or Saturday instruction.

Following the Core Curriculum model designed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), participants will gain the basic skills needed to continue education in any craft area he/she chooses.

Students will be introduced and/or trained in the following:

• OSHA-10 (certification)

• Basic Construction Math (fractions/measurement)

• Introduction to Hand/Power Tools

• Reading Building Plans/Construction Drawings

• Intro to Masonry, Flooring, Painting and Fire Protection and other trades

• Complete employment applications, resume writing and mock interviews

Instructors/Participating Contractors

Caan Fence – Fencing Union M/WBE

Gemini Flooring – Finishing (flooring) Merit Shop MBE

Pacific Drywall/Westview Building – Drywall/Taping Union/Merit Shop M/WBE

Each of the above local M/WBE subcontractors will deliver customized curriculum introducing students to their trades – totaling 20 hours of instruction. At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to gain employment with contractors in Greater Boston or identify additional training that will help them secure their career in the building trades – creating a path to an apprenticeship.

On the final day of the program, MPDC will identify employers to interview candidates and/or provide them with leads for employment opportunities.

The first graduating class can be considered for employment opportunities on Whittier Phase 2 under NEI General Contracting.

Thank you to our MT2T funders!


 

Funding opportunities available!

To Learn More, Please contact Katrina Conrad / 617.849.6226

 

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