The First Source Jobs Programs helps local job seekers gain the skills and training they need to establish a career pathway resulting in good jobs, career growth, and economic resiliency, while providing employers with qualified, local job candidates.
We work to advance economic opportunity for unemployed and underemployed adult workers, people working minimum wage jobs, immigrants, people of color, and front line workers in Somerville and Boston’s metro north region. However, we are here to assist anyone who needs our help regardless of financial status, educational attainment or geographical location.
We help job seekers identify and overcome barriers to employment, support job readiness skill development, build social capital and peer support, and become leaders in the community.
Connecting Residents and Employers
More than 30,000 jobs are projected to be coming to Somerville in the next decade. But only 15% of Somerville residents currently work in the City at a time when too many are being displaced by development.
The Somerville First Source Jobs Program connects local residents looking for jobs with local employers – providing residents with increased economic stability and employers with qualified, highly-motivated job candidates.
Helping Residents Find Somerville Jobs
As a First Source participant, you and your career coach will work together one-on-one to establish a personal action plan to reach your goals, and develop strategies to advance your career and overall well-being. Program components include one-on-one career coaching, job readiness training, English for Employment training, computer literacy skill development, direct connections to employers, post-placement support, and wrap-around services and referrals.
Helping Employers Find the Best Employees
This commitment to First Source Job Program participants is beneficial for employers, because they can hire from a pool of qualified local workers who have the training and support to be successful on the job.
Local employees avoid energy-draining commutes. And with deeper ties to the community, they are invested in the success of local companies. Hiring hometown residents is good for business.
How the Program Works
SCC keeps a database of local job seekers and their skills, so they can be contacted first when new jobs are available in Somerville. Employers are able to hire directly from the First Source database before posting positions to the general public.
- I need a job, can First Source help me?
Yes, absolutely. Our team can help you create a resume or cover letter, prepare for interviews, and learn about all kinds of job and career opportunities right in your neighborhood.
- What kind of jobs do you help people to get?
All kinds of jobs. Our career experts will work with you individually to identify your career goals and help you to achieve them.
- Do I need to speak English to get help from First Source?
No. We have team members who speak Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Urdu, and Arabic.
- Do I need to have my immigration paperwork in order to get help from First Source?
No, we help everyone and do not discriminate based on immigration status.
- Do I have to be a Somerville resident to participate?
No, we serve job seekers from many communities including Somerville, Malden, Everett, Medford, Cambridge, and beyond. Most of our employer partners are the metro Boston area.
- Can you help me access training programs?
Yes. If you are looking for training in a specific field, we can refer you to our partner organizations who offer sector specific training and resources.
Current Programs Include:
- Career Coaching
- Job Readiness Workshops & Training
- Networking Cafe
- ESOL and Digital Literacy support
To sign-up as a First Source Jobs Program job seeker or employer, contact Renee at firstname.lastname@example.org
23% of Massachusetts residents work in jobs that pay less than $15/hr
Even when working full time or more, families do not earn enough money to afford our local cost of living. At the same time, more than 30,000 new jobs are projected to be coming to Somerville in the next decade. The First Source Jobs program works to make sure local job seekers are prepared and have access to these job opportunities.
We envision a community in which every member has access to a good job, a career pathway, and a family-sustaining wage.