NYCETC 2019 Conference Brings 500+ Workforce & Economic Development Leaders Together for Day of Action and Connection
Last Monday, more than 500 guests from more than 200 organizations came out to the NYCETC 2019 Conference - Designing a System for the Future of Workers! It was an incredible day of learning and partnership building, and we here at the Coalition are deeply inspired and energized by the depth and breadth of innovation and creativity found within NYC’s workforce community and our collective work to create a more just and equitable system for all New Yorkers. During the conference, New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (below left) kicked off the first NYS Workforce Development Awareness Week to spearhead discussions and innovation through the Governor's $175 million Workforce Development Initiative. Conference attendees were able to observe and participate in incredible discussions that included 91 speakers and workshop presenters that contributed to 31 panels, fireside chats, 10-minute solutions, and workshops throughout the day. We simply could not have done it without them, and extend our deepest gratitude to all of our partners and sponsors.
Monitoring the Minimum Wage Series Brief #5:
Local & National Updates on the Minimum Wage
The Workforce Field Building Hub is release the fifth brief in the Monitoring the Minimum Wage series, providing an update on changes in the minimum wage both locally in NYC as well as nationally. The brief provides an update on the impact of the increase in New York City’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, drawing on conversations with local businesses, as well as academic research conducted at the University of California at Berkeley, The New School, and the Economic Policy Institute. Furthermore, it provides an overview of changes in the minimum wage landscape across the country, including recent legislative changes as well as bills pending in state legislatures.
Most notably, in the context of New York City, multiple studies have concluded that, contrary to fears expressed by some businesses, the recent minimum wage increase has not had a negative impact on business or the local economy, including a restaurant sector that continues to thrive. Meanwhile, the increase has led to $16 billion in increased wages for workers across New York State since 2012. The increase to $15 per hour from the original rate of $7.25 is estimated to generate approximately $5,200 in new income for each affected worker.
Advocacy Alert: NYC Council Hearings in October
Below are NYC Council hearings taking place this month that are relevant to the workforce community. The autumn is a less-busy season at City Hall, but presents an opportunity for organizations to raise their profile with Council members by appearing and testifying before their committees. For meeting location, click on "hearing details," and see full Council hearing calendar for other Council meetings.
Of note this month is a hearing of the Council's Youth Services Committee hearing, focused on youth employment (in the summer months and otherwise). NYCETC is planning to testify at this hearing. Please contact our Advocacy Director Jesse Laymon if your organization is interested in testifying.
Committee on Youth Services - October 8 / 10 am
Oversight - Youth Employment Opportunities and Programming. Hearing Details
Committee on Aging - October 8 / 1 pm
Oversight - Age Discrimination in the Workforce. Hearing Details
Funding Opportunity: Tech Development Center Initiative in Greenpoint
Rubenstein Partners Acquisition has issued an RFEI for a planned Tech Development Center Initiative in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to be housed within a broader mixed-use space that will consist of an approximately 90,000 square foot food manufacturing facility and approximately 500,000 square foot of office space. This RFEI aims to identify a best-in-class organization which can articulate a vision for cultivating and supporting a critical mass of early-stage companies while providing them with on-site office space and services which will include a combination of mentorship, training, networking, technology development, funding, ecosystem linkages, event planning, and other related support services which are key to the survival of early-stage businesses. NYCETC assisted in the development of this RFEI. Proposals are due October 12.
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Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Conference Call for Presentations
Due October 31 Info and Application
Cognizant Digital Business Analyst Certificate Program - applications due Oct 5
A unique train-to-hire 10 week, part-time and online program that prepares students for in-demand careers in consulting targeted toward working professionals with 2-5 years of experience who are looking to make a career change into a high growth industry with exciting career prospects. During the program, students will learn the essential skills needed to become a Business Analyst at Cognizant, and upon completion, students will interview for a position with Cognizant Consulting. Info & apply here
CUNY TechWorks & BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development
Computer Network Support training program: info here + registration here
Youth Action YouthBuild East Harlem
Youth Action's YouthBuild program is now recruiting its 2020 cohort. 9 month training and education program for young adults between 17-24 years. Training includes HSE instruction, Construction Skills, Building Operators and Food Careers training and related professional certifications. Earn an AmeriCorps Education scholarship become a community leader. More info
NMIC - YouthBuild: Business Bootcamp
5-month program for young adults (17-24) that provides high school equivalency (HSE) instruction, as well as training in the areas of small business ownership, digital literacy, customer service, Microsoft Office and employment readiness. More info and apply here
KindWork - Customer Experience & Support Bootcamp
6-week, full-time, in-person training program for young adults (21-26) seeking an entry point to the tech sector. Students will learn the skills needed to work as Customer Experience or Customer Support Specialist at a tech-enabled company. This is a great entry level role with lots of career growth potential. Graduates will be provided with job placement support and one year of career coaching. Fall cohort begins September 23. More info and apply here
MEOC - Fall 2019 Programming
Recruiting for ESOL and HSE programs; college prep; and license or certification career training programs, including Certified Nursing Assistant, Electronic Health Records, Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Certified Microsoft® Office, Security Officer Training, and OSHA 30 for Construction. Training programs offered during and between semesters. Apply online or at admissions sessions, Mon-Fri 10 am or 6 pm
Building Skills NY
Currently recruiting candidates for full-time entry level construction jobs at over 40 construction job sites throughout NYC. Candidates that meet BSNY minimum requirements are invited to complete an application online and attend an upcoming orientation event. More info here.
Retraining Program For Immigrant Engineers @ CAMBA & The Cooper Union Now recruiting for Fall 2019 semester (free). More info here.
NPower provides free technology training, certifications, paid internships and placement into the tech world for young adults ages 18-25 and has classes in Brooklyn and Harlem. Jumpstart your tech career in less than 6 months through 16 weeks of hands-on classroom training and a 7-week paid internship. No tech experience needed. More info and application here.
Upwardly Global supports Immigrant and Refugee New Yorkers with the U.S. professional job search process through a free online Job Search Training Program, customized job coaching, invitations to network and practice interviewing with our employer partners, and more. More info here.
NMIC - multiple programs currently recruiting
Intern & Earn - more info here
YouthBuild Business Bootcamp - more info here
Security Guard Training - more info here
Home Health Aide Training - more info in English and Spanish
Customer and Food Service Training (adults) - more info here
Train & Earn Food Service & Training and Career Counseling - more info here