NYCETC Moderates Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Discussion on Skills Gap & Local Talent Development
Yesterday, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion on “Addressing the Skills Gap: The Development of Talent” for local businesses, workforce service providers and higher education institutions. Moderated by NYCETC’s Executive Director Joey Ortiz, the panel featured Christina King (BSE Global / Barlcays Center), Liliana Polo-McKenna (Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow), David Fischer (NYC Center for Youth Employment) and Steev Usungu (Berkeley College). Amongst the range of skills that were discussed as necessary to enter and succeed in the workforce today, all agreed that being adaptable and learning how to learn are critical skill sets, with companies shifting toward hiring more generalists that are flexible and interested in many facets of a company or sector. Liliana noted that although NYC has a robust workforce system that many local businesses do not use as much as they could, “we are not doing enough as a city to support part-time workers (who are working part-time due to the fact this is a growing portion of entry level jobs and/or are the only jobs that their skills allow for) to upskill through advanced training to grow a career.” To that end, David underscored that the skills necessary to get a job vs. to keep a job are different; that workforce programs need to be teaching both skill sets; and that employers and jobseekers need to more clearly understand and appreciate these different essential skills if they are to thrive.
Discussion also centered around the growing and coming impact of automation on the workforce, with David cautioning about its larger negative impact on entry level jobs usually worked by low-income young people and women of color. Christina spoke on the fact that automation is already impacting, in some fashion, every aspect of all jobs, and in particular the communication and management systems we use and therefore expect others to know as an entry point. Steev spoke on the education and workforce system’s need to therefore be more adaptable to workers’ needs in this regard, including the need for more short-term training programs with lower costs than a 4 year degree but similar credentials and skills development. You can watch the full discussion online here.
Funding Opportunity: USDOL Women in Apprenticeships & Nontraditional Occupations Program
The U.S. Department of Labor announced $1.5 million in grant funding available to recruit, mentor, train, and retain more women in quality apprenticeship programs and pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and health care, among other industries. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant program will award $1.5 million to community-based organizations to encourage women's employment in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations. Grants will be awarded to up to six community-based organizations. Grant applications are due on July 8, 2019.
Barclays Pro Bono Program for Local Nonprofit Organizations Now Accepting Applications
Barclays invites you to apply to be part of their annual pro bono initiative benefiting local nonprofit organizations. The Barclays Pro Bono Program will be launching its fourth round in October 2018, placing teams of Barclays employees with nonprofits to help them solve critical capacity-building challenges in the areas of financial management, market research, and data analysis. Over the course of 12 weeks from October to December, teams will support nonprofits to develop and implement an actionable solution to address their challenges. Barclays is working in partnership with Taproot Foundation, a leader in pro bono service, to bring this event to life. Application are due by Wednesday, June 26.
Roundtables will bring together Coalition members to share their concerns, needs, and ideas with us and each other, and to develop shared plans around collective advocacy. You can see all member roundtables scheduled for 2019 by visiting the calendar on our website.
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WPTI: Job Developers Networking Breakfast Thursday, June 25 / 8:30 am Info and RSVP
LaGuardia Community College 9 month Web Development Training (starts Aug 19) - more info here 4 month Network Administrator Training (starts Aug 13) - 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
Grace Institute of New York Administrative Professional Program will take place September 9 - December 20, 2019; Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4pm. Patient Service Representative Program will begin September 9-November 14, 2019; Monday to Thursday, 9 am - 1pm. Application deadline for the classes are July 15, 2019. Info and open house registration here.
NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program NYCHA offers multiple scholarships to support our residents as they increase their income and assets through higher education. Online application portal now open. Applications are due by June 29 (see here fore details).
Henry Street Settlement
Intern & Earn Summer Cohort begins July 8. More info and RSVP for application session here.
6-week 2019 Summer Programs: High School Equivalency, College Prep, ESOL, Certified Nursing Assistant, Security Officer Training. More info here.
BMCC IT Computer Network Training A+/CCNA
2 cohorts starting in July and 1 in September
Info in flyer and on website.
Hostos Community College
Computer Support Technician Apprenticeship Info Sessions through June. Info and RSVP here.
Community Health Worker Apprenticeship Info Sessions through June. Info and RSVP here.
CUNY TechWorks at Queensborough - Software Development Program Recruiting for next cohort.
More info here and sign up for an info session here.
NYC College of Technology
30 week Medical Assistant Training for English Language Learners (starts Fall 2019)
More info here.
Roundabout Theatre Company: Theatrical Workforce Development Program
Mandatory info sessions take place April through June. Training begins September 16, 2019. See website for more info and to sign up for an info session.
NYC College of Technology Free 8-week Healthcare Program for English Language Learners
See flyer for details
Bronx Community College Medical Laboratory Technician Program
See flyer for more info.
Brooklyn Public Library: Adult Learning & High School Equivalency programs
More info on screening schedule here.
NADAP Comprehensive Employment Services (CES)
3-week job readiness workshops & pipeline to employment for youth/young adult between the ages of 16 and 24 who are TANF eligible.
More info, see the brochure or contact 212-986-1170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CPC Education and Career Services Brooklyn Information Session
Every Friday at 10 am
More info here.