Media Coverage of Council Oversight Hearing of Mayor's Jobs Plan
Councilmember Ritchie Torres and his staff listen to NYCETC's Joey Ortiz Jr. and Jesse Laymon, and CEO's Jessica Centeno discuss the need for more investments in job training in order to create access to job created by the New York Works plan for the communities they serve.
Last week, the NYC Council Committees on Oversight and Investigations (chaired by Ritchie Torres) and Economic Development (chaired by Paul Vallone) held a joint oversight hearing examining the status of Mayor de Blasio's 2017 New York Works plan to create 100,000 good-paying jobs over ten years. The administration was represented by James Patchett, President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, and Jackie Mallon, Commissioner of NYC Small Business Services.
The tone of the hearing was set by Committee Chair Torres, who questioned whether the New York Works plan and the jobs it would create are structured to be accessible for all New Yorkers, especially low-income and/or low-skill residents who are most in need of quality jobs and career opportunities. The questions directed at James Patchett ranged from inquisitive to severe, and the media coverage after the hearing emphasized the worst point for EDC: that as of today, only 3,000 currently-filled jobs can be categorically linked to New York Works investments.
Since the New York Works plan's release in 2017, NYCETC has been calling for the jobs plan to be more strongly connected to the Mayor's 2014 Career Pathways workforce development plan. We have also long called on the Council to do the necessary oversight of the City’s ability to effectively invest into addressing income inequality and chronic poverty in New York through employment training and services.
Media coverage of the New York Works plan and March 18 hearing:
NYCETC and 7 members testified at the hearing, urging the de Blasio administration and Council to ensure that all agencies find investments and successfully develop a local and diverse talent pipeline for the jobs outlined in the New York Works report and future jobs plans (see testimonies below in "Action Alert" section).
NEW & Building and Construction Trades Council Announce 15% Recruitment Goal for Women in Trades Apprenticeships
Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a pre-apprenticeship training program for women and a member of NYCETC, and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC), which represents 15 unions with over 100,000 working members, announced a 50 percent increase in the recruitment of women by each of the BCTC’s apprenticeship programs. This increase means that each apprenticeship program has set a goal of recruiting 15% female apprentices from NEW’s time-tested training program. NEW and BCTC’s original agreement in 2006 of a 10% recruitment goal has effectively increased the number of women in the trades by 20 percent. This new goal represents 60 - 75 new apprentice slots for NEW women, on top of the 130-150 placed per year already under the original 10% goal. This commitment promises to usher in a new era of inclusion and diversity - one that builds a longstanding pathway to middle class careers and protections to all who seek them. Learn more about this announcement and the impact of women in the trades here.
NYCETC Roundtable Brings Together Members to Discuss "Green" Jobs
Last Thursday, NYCETC brought together 10 member organizations that provide a wide variety of green building and construction training services. Members discussed the fact there is no one particular “green” sector or job, but rather than any job can be a green job, just like any job can be a tech job, depending on the skills of the individual and the focus of the company. Given this context, many training providers noted that they aim to empower their clients with a variety of transferable skills, particularly with a focus on foundational construction sector skills with flexible additions throughout an individual's career.
Thank you to the members that came to network and share their knowledge with us: St. Nick's Alliance, JobsFirstNYC, The Doe Fund, The HOPE Program, LaGuardia Community College, Workforce Professionals Training Institute, DC 37 Education Fund, Green City Force, STRIVE, Solar One and The Fortune Society.
NYCETC has several Member Strategy Roundtables coming up:
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.
Action Alert: Advocacy Opportunities & Resources
>> March 27 / 10 am
NYC Council Committee on Finance and Subcommittee on Capital Budget Preliminary Budget Hearing (hearing details here)
>> April 8 / 10 am
NYC Council Committees on Aging, and Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction
Oversight: Home Health Care Aides – Qualifications, Training, and Protocol (hearing details here)
>> April 30 / 1 pm NYC Council Committees on Women, Education and Higher Education
Oversight: Title IX - Gender Discrimination (hearing details here)
Remind our leaders of the importance of funding the human services sector as they make final budget decisions. Legislators are negotiating the budget now so we are asking all members of the Strong Nonprofits campaign to make calls ASAP, particularly to leadership.
CMP Job Fair
Thursday, March 28 / 12 - 4 pm
More info here
CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies: OUR ECONOMY! Economic Democracy & System Change
Friday, April 12 / 9 am - 6 pm
More info and RSVP here.
MEOC Job Fair Spring 2019 Friday, April 12 / 1 - 3 pm
More info and RSVPhere.
HSC Emergency Planning for Nonprofits
April 18 or May 1 / 8:30 am - 1 pm
More info and RSVP here.
NYC College of Technology Free 8-week Healthcare Program for English Language Learners
See flyer for details
Grace Institute of New York 8-week Patient Service Representative Program Application deadline: March 13, 2019 for cohort beginning April 1, 2019 12-week Administrative Professional Program Application deadline: April 15, 2019 for cohort beginning May 6, 2019 More info and register for an open house at www.graceinstitute.org
Stanley Isaacs Young Adult Literacy Program
The Young Adult Literacy Program at the Johnson Community Center is looking for young people ages 16 to 14 who would like to work toward their high-school equivalency diploma and learn about college and career options. A $100-a-week-stipend is available to participants with qualifying attendance. Class begins April 1, 2019; enrollment is open until April 18, 2019. See flyer for more info.
Commonpoint Queens Job Fair
March 29 / 8:30 am - 2 pm
See flyer for more info.
Bronx Community College Medical Laboratory Technician Program
See flyer for more info.
SUNY BEOC Home Health Aide Training
Classes begin May 13. Visit website for info and registration.
Queensborough Community College: CUNY TechWorks - Applied Software Development Program
Application deadline: March 31 for cohorts beginning in summer 2019.
Info sessions take place every Tuesday in February and March.
More info here and sign up for an info session here.
Retraining Program For Immigrant Engineers @ Camba & The Cooper Union
Registration now open for spring semester 2019. For more info, see this flyer and register here.
Brooklyn Public Library: Adult Learning & High School Equivalency programs
More info on screening schedule here.
LaGuardia Community College Spring Training Opportunities
TechHire - OpenCode Network Administration (Spring 2019) - info here
Woodlawn & The Door Preservation Training Program
More info and RSVP for info sessions in brochure and website
NMIC - multiple programs currently recruiting
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
StreetWise Partners Mentorship Program
13 week mentorship program that assist participants who are un/underemployed gain the tools, skills, network and resources needed to obtain and maintain employment. Sign up for an info session 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.
LaGuardia Community College: CUNY Fatherhood Academy
Currently recruiting for the 16 week HSE prep program, which prepares fathers for the TASC exam and provides a range of academic and personal supports including tutoring, individualized counseling, financial literacy workshops and parenting workshops. Application deadline is May 31 for summer cohort. Learn more here.
Professional Development + Trainings
WPTI - Employer Engagement: Securing Quality Job Leads and Making Placement Outcomes
Wednesday, March 27 / 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
More info here.
WPTI - Getting the RAP Down 2019: Employment Strategies for Job Seekers with Criminal Histories
3-day training: April 2 - 4 / 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
More info here.