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.

Madison’s Train 2 Trades (MT2T) Program

MPDC is offering its hands-on Workforce Training program, Madison’s Train 2 Trades VIRTUALLY.

Our goal is to recruit 50+ participants and graduate 20 over the course of one year.

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

MT2T.org brings an interactive virtual classroom into people’s homes and builds their skills in the construction and building trades, which will create a larger pool of qualified, trained residents to meet Greater Boston’s growing demands construction industry. MPDC is aiming to position all projects, particularly in the Roxbury neighborhood, to exceed the demands of the Boston Residents Jobs Policy and to create future leaders within the construction industry. MPDC has adapted its Workforce Diversity & Development Program to an online platform for adult learners seeking opportunities to gain the essential skills needed for entry-level positions within Boston’s growing construction industry.

MPDC’s online learning platform, MT2T.org, offers self-paced video modules that will provide participants core competencies and basic knowledge in various vocational building skills, including Measuring & Marking, Introduction to Framing, and much more. Participants of MT2T will build their professional toolbox with accelerated online training and certifications necessary to enter the building trades industry. In April 2021, program participants will apply their online learning with corresponding in-person hands-on workshops hosted throughout Greater Boston. These hands-on workshops are taught by local tradespeople and MWBE contractors who are actively working to ensure that the Boston Residents Jobs Policy remains relevant now and in the future at 51% Boston Residents, 40% People of Color, and 12% Women on all local construction projects.
MPDC is eager to EMBRACE these future leaders in the construction & building trades field.


Thank you to our MT2T funders!


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