NYS Workforce Development Initiative Info Session Urges Applicants to Be Innovative and Flexible
Panel of NYS agency staff - Angie Kamath (City University of New York), Laura Bartosik (Empire State Development), Adele Ferranti & Angela Datri (NYSERDA), Loretta Hamilton & Juana Cala (NYS Department of Labor) - and Madhuri Kommareddi, Director of Workforce Development in the Governor’s Office (far right).
The NYC Employment and Training Coalition, the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals, the Workforce Development Institute and the Empire State Development co-hosted a NYS Workforce Development Initiative (WDI) info session yesterday to a packed room of over 150 training providers, higher education institutions, labor unions, employers, and other workforce and economic development stakeholders. The session covered the application process for the newly established $175 million WDI, which underpins funding streams from CUNY/SUNY, Empire State Development, NYS Department of Labor (NYSDOL) and NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Madhuri Kommareddi, the Director of the newly created Office of Workforce Development at the Governor’s Office, gave an overview of the WDI and the two phase, no deadline funding application process. While applicants must submit through the Consolidated Funding Application previously used by the state to streamline all types of funding each year, this particular process is accepting applications on a rolling basis and encourages organizations to be innovative and flexible with the workforce program ideas they put forth.
During Phase one, applicants will submit a general project plan for their proposal to their local REDC, who will make recommendations to the Office of Workforce Development to approve applications for phase two, where the office determines the appropriate funding sources (ie. NYSERDA, NYSDOL, Pay for Success, CUNY/SUNY etc) and opens up those application processes for that applicant. This and other changes to the funding process are meant to encourage service providers to design programs based on the community and employer challenges they are working to resolve rather than the narrow specifics of each government funding stream. The priority focus will be on projects that support the regional workforce development strategy (see below), serve populations with barriers to career advancement, and/or improve the flexibility of workforce systems to address industry needs.
Several key points were emphasized by the State agencies that applicants should consider. Successful applicants will have a clearly articulated proposal that addresses a workforce problem faced by the region and a comprehensive implementation strategy. Partnerships are highly encouraged (ex. CBOs, employers, community colleges, associations) and applicants should work to demonstrate how their employer partners are engaged in the development and implementation of this strategy, and that industry needs inform many aspects of the proposal. Applicants should also consider how they articulate project costs and metrics, the sustainability of the proposed program, and mixed funding sources. Other elements to consider include citing best practices and their rationale for why their chosen intervention (whether it be an sector-specific training curriculum or the provision of wrap around services like childcare and transportation to address population specific barriers) will work best for their population, community, employer partner(s) or any of the specific issues they are working to resolve.
These best practices were underscored by the final panel of service providers who have received funding through the previous CFA process or emulate the strategies emphasized in this new process. Katie Beck Sutler (Brooklyn Navy Yard), Larry Rothchild (St. Nicks Alliance), Hannah Weinstock (LaGuardia Community College) and Valerie Payne (Rebuilding Together NYC) spoke of the various ways they demonstrated employer commitments and efforts to establish employer buy-in, as well as the various innovations they embedded into their programming (ex. hands on experience, mentorship, alumni networks, employer and participant feedback loops, soft skills and professional development).
Mayor de Blasio Announces Streamlined Contracting Process for Health and Human Service Providers After Years of Advocacy
Mayor de Blasio announced last week that the Administration has enacted a streamlined contract approval process for human service providers, which will include receiving advance payments at the beginning and every year of their contracts to improve their fiscal stability. The City’s Health and Human Service agencies implemented a new policy for timely contract registration of July 1 contracts following a recommendation from the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee, a public-private partnership launched by the Administration in 2016. According to the press release, this policy change has “demonstrated strong success already with ACS, DFTA, DHS, DOHMH, DOP, HPD and HRA having 90 percent of contracts ready for registration with the Comptroller’s Office on time.” Streamlining contract registration ensures that nonprofits receive timely payments for services, and are eligible to receive a 25 percent advance on their contract budget. During the first weeks of the current fiscal year, eligible nonprofits have received more than $700 million dollars in advance payments for service delivery. This change comes after years of advocacy from the Human Services Council (HSC), FPWA, UNH and dozens of human service providers across the city including NYCETC and our members such as Queens Community House, Chinese-American Planning Council, Isaacs Center, Bronx Works, NMIC, CAMBA, Henry Street Settlement and Catholic Charities. Learn more: press release and Crain’s article.
This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (A5618/S1040) expanding employment nondiscrimination protections for victims of domestic violence. This measure implements changes in the employment provisions of the Human Rights Law to include victims of domestic violence as a protected class. Current law does not explicitly say what protections and accommodations an employer must provide victims of domestic violence. This new law addresses that issue by listing the reasons an employer would need to allow a victim time off, including medical attention, victim services including for domestic violence or rape crisis, counseling, safety planning or relocation, and seeking legal services or cooperating with prosecution or appearing in court. The victim must be allowed to charge time if they have it available. Each year, an estimated 400,000 domestic violence incidents are reported to law enforcement in New York, and approximately 300,000 calls are received by hotlines throughout the State. This bill is the fourth signed this month expanding protections for victims of domestic violence.
City to Hold Public Hearing on Pay Equity on 9/19
On September 19th, the NYC Commission on Gender Equity, Commission on Human Rights and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection are hosting a Public Hearing on Pay Equity. The City is interested in hearing from employers and employees across sectors, advocates, researchers, and others as they work to advance pay equity for all New Yorkers, regardless of gender identity, gender expression, or background. Testimony can be submitted in person or in writing - register here to attend and/or submit testimony.
Final Summer NYCETC Member Roundtable: Retail
NYCETC will host our last Member Strategy Roundtable of the summer:
August 22 / 9 - 11 am: Training for Jobs in Retail
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.
This year’s theme - “Designing a System for the Future of Workers” - will examine the systemic, programmatic and business opportunities and challenges currently impacting employers, policy officials, philanthropy, jobseekers and workforce organizations.
Topics to be explored include:
Workforce Development Policy
The Role of Technology and Big Data Tools in Recruiting Practices
Employer Talent Needs
Public and Private Partnerships
The Diversity of NYC’s Talent Pool
NYCETC’s conference is the premier event of NYC’s workforce development community, bringing together over 500 national and local experts, employers, workforce professionals, government officials and funders for a day filled with information, idea sharing and networking.
In the News:
Stories & Reports for the Workforce Community
Federal Tax and Budget Response Team Press Conference
Wednesday, August 21 / 11 am Info and RSVP
CSS New Rent Laws in NYC Open House
Tuesday, September 10 / 2 - 4 pm Info and RSVP
Belle and George Strell Executive Leadership Fellows Program Applications due August 23 Info and application
WPTI - Using a Trauma Lens in Workforce Development
Thursday, September 5 / 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Info and RSVP
WPTI and ThriveNYC - Workplace Mental Health: What Non-Profit Employers Can Do
Thursday, September 12 / 10 am - 12 pm Info and RSVP
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
Hostos Community College Community Health Worker Apprenticeship Program
Those interested must attend a pre-enrollment mandatory one week seminar in order to be selected for the training from Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16 @ 6PM – 9PM. Registration and testing are now taking place at the following days and times: Mondays at 9 am; Tuesdays at 1 pm; and Thursday at 3 pm. Program and contact info
STRIVE: Green Construction/Maintenance Training Program
9 week program provides students with Electrical, Carpentry, and Plumbing training, as well as OSHA-30 construction, Flagger and Scaffolding training and certifications. Currently enrolling students, with program starting on August 23. More info here
General Assembly: American Express Developer Academy
12-week, full-time, in-person software engineering training program with focus on diverse (non-traditional tech backgrounds (non-CS degrees), women, people of color, and minorities) candidates. Successful graduates will be fast-tracked to interviews for a junior software engineer position at Amex with a competitive salary and benefits. Classes start August 26th.
Young Adult Literacy Program @ Isaacs Center
YALP is a holistic pre-HSE program designed for struggling readers and writers who wish to begin working toward their high-school equivalency diploma, supported by stipend and one-on-one social worker sessions. Enrollment ends August 29, 2019. Contact Robert Ramos at 347-247-5098 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FPWA College Scholarship Program
For current, full-time students entering their Junior or Senior year of college who have overcome adversity, and must be nominated by an FPWA member agency. Scholarships will be $2,000 for the academic year ($ 1,000 for each semester). Info here
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.
CUNY SLU Community Semester Program
Community Semester NYC is a full-time academic internship program offered by the School of Labor and Urban Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY). The program introduces a new generation of students to community organizing in NYC and prepares them to become effective advocates for policy change and innovation in urban settings. More info and application here.
Currently recruiting for the 13 week mentorship program that assist participants who are un/underemployed gain the tools, skills and resources needed to obtain and maintain employment. Program starts on the week of September 9th. Recruitment will be open until start of program. More info and sign up for info session 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
Grace Institute of New York Administrative Professional Program will begin September 9-December 20, 2019; Monday - Friday 9am-4pm. Patient Service Representative Program will begin September 9-November 14, 2019; Monday- Thursday 9am-1pm. Info and open house registration here.
BMCC IT Computer Network Training A+/CCNA
Next cohort starting in September
Info in flyer and on website.
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.
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 email@example.com
CPC Education and Career Services Brooklyn Information Session
Every Friday at 10 am
More info here.