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Career Pathways Learning Lab Summary and Next Steps Brief Released
July 29, 2015
On May 4, 2015, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (WKDEV) and the New York Association for Training and Employment Professionals, in partnership with the City University of New York, hosted a one day Career Pathways Learning lab. The event, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co., engaged 240 local, state, and national partners and experts in sharing and learning about best practices in career pathways implementation. This brief highlights reflections on the career pathways concept, the current state of the City’s ability to implement this strategy, and proposed next steps for building a robust network of career pathway programs.

HRA Releases Career Pathways Concept Papers for New Employment Services
July 28, 2015
Today, the Human Resources Administration (HRA) released four concept papers detailing a new vision for employment and education services. The concept papers reflect the city’s commitment to reforming its workforce policies and procedures to more effectively fight poverty and income inequality. HRA’s efforts will be implemented in close alignment with recommendations from the city’s Career Pathways report and the transformation of the entire NYC workforce development system into a career pathways approach, the first such effort by a large U.S. city. The public comment period for concept papers will be open until September 18, 2015.  The concept papers can be found here.

WIB Member Amy Bennett Featured in NY1 Piece on Summer Youth Employment Program
July 23, 2015
Today, NY1 featured WIB member Amy Bennett’s business, The Greene Grape, as a Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) worksite. The Greene Grape’s ice cream shop, Scoops, partners with DYCD to provide young people with work experience in collaboration with the Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation, which is led by Colvin Grannum, a WIB member. SYEP provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August. This year DYCD placed 54,263 young people into summer jobs, the highest total since 2009. Please click here to see NY1’s coverage.

The WIB is now accepting nominations for an adult education and literacy representative on the local board
July 7, 2015
The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) stipulates that one member of the local workforce board be a representative of adult education and literacy providers that receive Title II funding. WIOA also requires that this representative be appointed from among individuals nominated by local providers. If you are an eligible provider and would like to nominate someone, please email cneale@wkdev.nyc.gov  by 5pm on July 17 with the following information in a Microsoft Word document using no more than one page:

  • Your name, title, and organization
  • The nature of the Title II funding your organization receives
  • The name, title, and organization of the person you are nominating
  • The nature of the Title II funding the nominee’s organization receives
  • The qualifications of the person you are nominating, including the person’s relevant professional experience and knowledge of adult education and literacy needs, programs, and policies
  • The experience of the nominee’s organization in providing adult education and literacy programs, with emphasis on programs funded by Title II
  • Please confirm that the person you nominate is interested before you submit the nomination.

Workforce Investment Board submits responses to WIOA Drafted Regulations
June 15, 2015
Today, the New York City Workforce Investment Board (WIB) responded to Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) drafted by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education. The NPRMs are drafted regulations intended to implement the four titles of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). On July 22, 2014,  President Obama signed WIOA into law. The new law reauthorizes a number of federal workforce and education programs and offers the opportunity to improve their implementation. New York City’s response included recommendations for how the regulations could be modified to best serve New York City’s workers and businesses.

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New York City joins Chicago/Cook County, the City of Los Angeles, and the County of Los Angeles in WIOA Draft Regulations Letter
June 15, 2015
Today, the Workforce Investment Boards of New York City, Chicago/Cook County, the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles submitted a joint letter in response to the draft regulations for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). These areas are the four largest local workforce investment areas in the country and will comprise a major share of the nation ’s performance and budget expenditures under WIOA. In the letter, the cities highlight the complexity of local workforce development areas in large metropolitan areas and emphasize the need to maintain flexibility for how local areas can approach governance of their workforce areas.

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Workforce Investment Board welcomes Chris Neale as new Director
May 26, 2015
Today, the Workforce Investment Board welcomed Chris Neale as its new Director. Chris previously served as Assistant Commissioner of External Relations and Special Programs in the Workforce Development Division of the Department of Small Business Services (SBS).  In this role, he managed key relationships with oversight and funding entities, including the New York State Department of Labor, the Center for Economic Opportunity, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, and the NYC Workforce Investment Board. Chris also helped create the Workforce1 Industrial & Transportation Workforce1 Career Center and the Workforce1 Healthcare Career Center, the city’s first two sector-specific career centers. Chris holds a Master’s in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from Stanford University.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and B Lab announced the launch of Best for NYC
May 10, 2015
Today, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and B Lab announced the launch of Best for NYC, a campaign and set of business tools and services designed to inspire and equip New York City businesses to measure and improve business practices that help create well-paying jobs and improve the quality of life in all five boroughs, while also strengthening their bottom-line. Using B Lab’s Impact Assessment, the leading global tool for measuring, benchmarking, and improving economic and social impact, businesses can assess their practices on issues such as diversity and inclusion, compensation, benefits and governance, and compare their businesses to more than 20,000 others to establish best practices.
Businesses will be able to identify opportunities to improve their competitive position by investing in better practices, and in doing so, improve their workplace and communities. The Best for NYC goals stem from recommendations made in the Career Pathways report created by New York City’s Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force.  NYCEDC intends to have at least 500 businesses participate in Best for NYC by the end of 2015, with focused outreach efforts to ensure business participation reflects the diversity of the City’s businesses.

Click here for more information about Best for NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio Releases One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City
April 22, 2015
Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the release of "One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City," a comprehensive plan for a sustainable and resilient city for all New Yorkers that addresses the profound social, economic, and environmental challenges ahead. One New York includes a plan for New York City to have a workforce equipped with the skills needed to participate in the 21st century economy. The One New York report highlights recommendations from the Career Pathways: One City Working Together report.
One NYC website
One NYC press release

New York City Training and Employment Coalition Hosts 2015 Policy Forum
February 6, 2015
Today, the New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC) held its 2015 Policy Forum: “Policy, Perspectives and Partnerships.” The forum highlighted the growth and changes in the workforce development community, including the city’s release of Career Pathways: One City Working Together. WKDEV presented its framework and vision for overhauling the city’s workforce system with over 200 workforce organizations and stakeholders. WKDEV also helped facilitate discussions concerning specific pieces of how to implement the Career Pathways vision, very closely aligned to activities and services expected to be provided under the new federal workforce legislation, WIOA. The event was co-hosted by the Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI) and Public Works Partners (PWP).

Dollarwise Summer Youth Campaign
January 23, 2015
Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) DollarWise Campaign awarded its annual Summer Youth Campaign (SYC) Grants for financial literacy to five cities, including New York City. The winning cities will use their DollarWise SYC awards to integrate financial education into their local summer youth programs. The Department of Community and Youth Development administers the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), the city’s summer youth program. The award was presented to the city at the USCM 83rd Annual Winter Meeting.

WKDEV Executive Director Nominated to board of Workforce Development Council
January 21, 2015
Today, the WKDEV Executive Director, Katy Gaul-Stigge, was nominated to the board of the Workforce Development Council (WDC), an arm of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The WDC, established in 1977 as the Employment and Training Council, works with mayors' representatives to influence Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor in directing more employment and training funds to cities, to identify key issues in workforce development that affect cities, and to assure that the role of cities is paramount in all workforce development activities. The election took place during the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s 83rd Annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Summer Youth Employment Program Report Findings
January 5, 2015
Today, the Wharton School of Business, in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, published a report detailing key positive impacts the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) has on the city’s young people. The study showed that SYEP helps to reduce crime and has positive health outcomes, however it did not reveal positive employment or college enrollment outcomes. SYEP runs from July to August each year and provides young people (selected through a lottery), ages 14-24 years old, valuable exposure to work. This report will be discussed at the March 19th WIB Quarterly Meeting.
More information about SYEP

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