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WKDEV Sets Guidelines for NYC TechHire Grant Applications
December 18, 2015
In March 2015, President Obama announced the launch of the administration's TechHire Initiative, and in parallel, committed $100 million to expanding accelerated tech trainings across the country. Later in November, the U.S. Department of Labor released the application and guidelines for the $100 million in H-1B funds, including at least $50 million dedicated to supporting young Americans, aged 17-29, with barriers to employment. TechHire mirrors the City's Tech Talent Pipeline's commitment to providing innovative opportunities for young people in technology. WKDEV anticipates a number of New York City technology workforce development entities will apply to the funding opportunity and has set up a special guidelines for those entities to secure the City's support of their application to ensure the highest quality outcomes.

Review the guidelines for New York City-based applications

City Marks Significant Progress in Key Areas One Year After Release of Career Pathways Report
December 15, 2015
One year after Mayor de Blasio released the Career Pathways report laying out the administration's vision to transform workforce development, the City announced significant progress in several key areas of the report. The City has nearly doubled its investments in workforce training over two years, significantly increased investment in "bridge" programs, and launched HireNYC, the largest targeted hiring program in the nation. The report was released in conjunction with a symposium hosted by the Center for an Urban Future and NYU Wagner, entitled "Career Pathways, One Year Later". Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen provided the keynote address. The event featured a panel including DavidBolotsky,UncommonGoods; Katy Gaul-Stigge,NYC Office of Workforce Development; Patricia Jenny,New York Community Trust; Sharon Sewell-Fairman,Workforce Professionals Training Institute; and Julie Shapiro,The Door.

Career Pathways Progress Update Press Release
Career Pathways Progress Update Report

Swiss Post Solutions' Leadership Academy Ranked as One of the Top 50 Internships in the U.S.
November 25, 2015
Board member Paul Ortega's company, Swiss Post Solutions, was recently ranked by Vault – and publicized by Forbes – as having one of the top 50 internship programs in the nation. The Leadership Academy, the company's internship program, recruits more than 90% of its interns from DYCD programs. The program provides 12 weeks of hands on experience and weekly workshops related to management, teamwork, productivity, and personal development. Swiss Post Solutions runs the program in the New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Chicago metropolitan areas.

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De Blasio Administration Launches HireNYC to Help New Yorkers Access Jobs Through The City's Purchases and Investments
October 27, 2015
Delivering on a commitment outlined last November in the Career Pathways: One City Working Together workforce development plan, Mayor de Blasio today launched HireNYC, the largest and most impactful targeted hiring program in the nation, to help New Yorkers access training and jobs through the City's purchases and investments. HireNYC will ensure that large contracts which make up over 90 percent of the City's non-emergency spending, as well as construction and development investments, will help provide New Yorkers with access to thousands of jobs, ranging from jobs like security guards and administrative assistants to design coordinators and project managers.

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New NYC Workforce Development Board Appointed
September 17, 2015
The new federal workforce law, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), requires that local areas streamline their Board membership and meet new composition requirements. WIOA reauthorizes a number of federal workforce programs and offers the opportunity to improve strategies to meet and respond to the needs of jobseekers, workers, and employers. The new law also creates a mandate to implement Career Pathways, create Industry Partnerships, and develop contextualized education and training programs which align to in-demand and growth sectors, all major priorities of the City's workforce strategy. In September, the Mayor's Office of Appointments confirmed the new composition of the Workforce Development Board. The Board consists now of 39 total members, with nearly 60% representing private-sector businesses. These businesses reflect a diversity of economic sectors: members span over three quarters of all active sectors in the city. Additionally, the business members are concentrated in the six sectors targeted in the City's Career Pathways report: 70% of business members fall into Healthcare & Social Assistance, Technology, Construction, Industrial, Retail, or Food Service & Accommodation. The 16 new members of the Board include eight from private-sector businesses, three from labor organizations, and three from community-based nonprofit organizations.

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