FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2013
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NYC WEB DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP TO HELP TRAIN AND PLACE NEW YORKERS IN TECH JOBS
Applications Now Being Accepted For Training and Job Placement Program Announced in State of the City
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh today announced the launch of the NYC Web Development Fellowship, a result of initiatives Mayor Bloomberg discussed in the 2013 State of the City address recognizing the need for the development of skilled workers to enter the fast growing technology sector in New York City. The free five-month training program provided by the Flatiron School is normally valued at $12,000 and will be free to more than 50 adults with no previous web development experience and help place them in jobs paying $65,000 or more.
"The technology sector in New York City is thriving - and hiring," said Mayor Bloomberg. "The NYC Web Development Fellowship is now accepting applications and will help train New Yorkers for the jobs of the future, and put them to work now in New York City's thriving tech sector."
"Mayor Bloomberg is committed to ensuring that all New Yorkers can participate in the thriving tech sector that is taking root in New York City," Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel said. "With this new initiative, the City will help more New Yorkers gain the skills they need to compete for today's tech jobs and, if successful, establish a model to give thousands more New Yorkers a path to sustainable employment."
"As one of the fastest growing sectors in New York City, tech businesses need skilled talent to succeed," said Rob Walsh, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. "Helping both the City's job seekers and tech businesses, the NYC Web Development Fellowship trains adults with no previous experience with web development and helps connect them to available jobs in the tech sector."
Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age, live in New York City, earn less than $50,000 a year or be unemployed, have never worked as a web developer, and meet federal selective service requirements. Applications are due on September 15 with classes beginning in October. A second cohort will begin in February. The course will take place in the downtown Brooklyn area. For more information or to apply, go to http://bit.ly/1aYrsW5, nyc.gov or call 311.
Marc LaVorgna/Julie Wood
Merideth Weber (SBS)