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.