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New York City Local Workforce Investment Area Local Plan Available for Public Comment
August 29, 2014
The New York City Local Workforce Investment Area Local Plan is required under Section 118(b) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The Plan is used by the Workforce Investment Board to evaluate the progress of the local workforce development system. The Plan covers policies from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. It will be available for public comment until September 29, 2014. If you would like to make a comment please email Reynold Graham at rgraham@wkdev.nyc.gov with the subject "Local Plan Public Comment".
Download the Local Workforce Investment Area Local Plan (in PDF)


Vice President Biden releases Ready to Work Report

July 22, 2014
Today, Vice President Biden unveiled Ready to Work, a report detailing key revisions of existing federal workforce programs and the creation of new initiatives focused on training job-seekers for 21st Century jobs. The report details the creation of the Jobs-Driven Checklist, a guide for those applying for federal grants and training programs on how to implement industry-wide best practices, establishes the Center for Workforce and Industry Partnerships, which will build partnerships with local and state businesses and workforce organizations, and sets new evaluation requirements for employment and earning outcomes for all workforce programs.

Ready to Work also features new pilot programs geared towards engaging disconnected young people into the workforce, increasing employment among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work participants, and easing the financial aid process for adult learners who face challenges combining work and school. The report also promises to collaborate with all workforce stakeholders to increase training and placement opportunities into information technology jobs, improve the employability of long-term unemployed Americans, and increase opportunities for apprenticeships and on-the-job training. Overall, Ready to Work demonstrates a shift in federal workforce policy towards being more responsive to the needs of employers while also preparing job-seekers for placement and training opportunities.

Mayor de Blasio’s vision for New York’s workforce development system strongly aligns with the initiatives in the Ready to Work report. In May, Mayor de Blasio convened the Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force, a multi-stakeholder body tasked with making policy recommendations to ensure our city creates career pathways to the middle class for every New Yorker. The Task Force is reviewing similar models to those proposed in the Report, including ensuring the needs of businesses are met, creating a strong a link to economic development, and connecting New Yorkers to jobs in demand. As an early product of the Mayor’s re-envisioning of workforce development, the City has created the Tech Talent Pipeline, a collaborative effort to create job-driven pathways to information technology jobs, design new curricula to meet employer need, and engage employers in building the talent pipeline.

Link to Ready to Work Report
Link to Fact sheet


President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act into law

July 22, 2014
Today at a White House ceremony, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) into law. The previous iteration of the bill, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), was signed in 1998 and has been due for reauthorization since 2003. WIOA keeps many of the existing workforce structures in place, including occupational training, adult basic education, and employment programs. The new bill will, however, streamline programs, reporting measures, and administration while also creating common measures for both youth and adult workforce programs.  Of key interest are the changes to the ability to fund trainings and focus on sector based strategies. Passage of this bill marks a commitment to fostering a modern American workforce which can compete for jobs in the 21st century. This is an exciting development for our nation’s workers and businesses as well as the millions who utilize the workforce development system here in New York City.

Link to the HR 803 bill
Link to NYATEP “at a glance” WIA / WIOA comparison


Presentation at the Social Innovation Fund with the Center for Economic Opportunity

June 10, 2014
Center for Economic Opportunity CEO and the Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC manage a federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant to support replication of CEO's most promising programs in New York City and seven other urban areas around the country.  On June 10,  Executive Director Katy Gaul-Stigge, joined Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, Steve Lee from Robin Hood, and John Martinez from MDRC to speak on how to move projects to scale.  The panel “Reducing Poverty: Turning Demonstrations into Solutions at Scale”  drew on experience scaling up successful programs throughout workforce development, education, and social assistance.  The conversation focused on the infrastructure and supports that are needed for successful collaboration and expansion.  The audience included SIF grantees from Tulsa, OK, San Antonio, TX, Kansas City, MO, Cleveland, OH, Youngstown, OH, Memphis, TN, Newark, NJ as well as many from New York City.


Mayor’s Announces Jobs for New Yorker’s Task Force Members
May 20, 2014
Today at the Brooklyn Army Terminal Mayor de Blasio announced the members of the Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force. These members represent the supply and demand side of the workforce: educators, non-profits, advocates, labor leaders, key philanthropists; and employers from across the five boroughs in manufacturing, financial services, media, hospitality, healthcare, retail, food service and the tech ecosystem. The task force will also include the Commissioners and leaderships from multiple city agencies and staffed by the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development. Learn more about the Jobs for New Yorker's Task Force (J4NY) on our fact sheet below.
Download the fact sheet (in PDF)
Read the press release

Tech Talent Pipeline

May 19, 2014
Mayor de Blasio launched the Tech Talent Pipeline, a collaboration between businesses, community groups, training providers, and government designed to grow the tech sector in NYC and ensure that all New Yorkers have a fair and equal chance at these living wage jobs. Building on an existing relationship with CUNY, the Department of Education, and the Department of Small Business Services, the Tech Talent Pipeline was founded with a $10 million, 3 year commitment from city, state, federal, and private partners.  The funding will be used to recruit and train New Yorkers; design new curricula to meet employer needs; and engage employers in building the talent pipeline. This collaboration is supported by several philanthropic partners, including JP Morgan Chase, the inaugural funder, as well as the NY Community Trust and the NYC Workforce Funders.

For more information about the Mayor’s vision for the tech industry, click here 

To apply for/for information about the position of Founding Director of the Tech Talent Pipeline, click here


Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development Launched

May 1, 2014
Today marks the first day of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, which replaces the former NYC Office of Human Capital Development. Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen first shared news of this transition at a speech before the Association for a Better New York
Read Deputy Mayor Glen’s speech (in PDF)
Read the announcement (in PDF)
Check out the history and evolution which led to the office


Philanthropy New York Convenes Panel Discussion on Changes to the High School Equivalency Diploma in New York State, Featuring OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light

April 24, 2014
Philanthropy New York, the NYC Workforce Funders and the NYC Youth Funders today hosted a forum focused on the future of education for New Yorkers without high school diplomas. As of January 2014, a new test is now administered in New York State to replace the GED® and help New Yorkers receive their high school equivalency diploma. The panel featured OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light, New York State Education Department Deputy Commissioner Kevin Smith, and several nonprofit providers to discuss areas of emerging concern and how the philanthropic community can help address in partnership with the public sector.
Learn more about the issue
See the event agenda (in PDF)
Check out Michelle’s presentation (in PDF)


OHCD and NYC Workforce Funders Release New Chart on Public and Private Giving from 2000-2013

April 16, 2014
OHCD and the NYC Workforce Funders today updated and published a graphic chart showing the trend of public Workforce Investment Act (WIA) dollars over the last decade matched against the trend of private philanthropic dollars invested in the City’s workforce system.  While WIA funds have decreased from $125.6 million in 2000 to $62.8 million in 2013, foundations have collectively increased their annual private giving for direct and intermediary services as well as capacity building from $18.4 million in 2004 to $64.7 million in 2013.
See the graphic chart (in PDF)


Mayor de Blasio Marks First 100 Days in Office

April 10, 2014
Mayor de Blasio delivered a speech where he noted the progress of his administration since he took office. OHCD Executive Director Michelle Light celebrated this milestone, along with many City and State officials at Cooper Union in Manhattan.
Read the Mayor’s speech


Deputy Mayor Glen Gives Speech at Association for a Better New York and Announces Transition of OHCD to Newly-Renamed Office of Workforce Development

April 2, 2014
Deputy Mayor Glen addressed a packed crowd at the Association for a Better New York, highlighting the important work that has been done and that still remains for our workforce system to createmore nimble and responsive workforce training and forge real pipelines to our fastest-growing, good-paying employers.”  As part of her speech, she announced that OHCD will be transitioning in the month of April, and effective as of May 1, 2014, it will become the newly-renamed Office of Workforce Development.
Read Deputy Mayor Glen’s speech (in PDF)
Read the announcement (in PDF)

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