New York, June 4, 2009 - Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh today joined Rex Davidson, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, in announcing the 15,000th job placement at the Brooklyn Workforce1 Career Center. Providing job training for New Yorkers and helping place them in jobs is a central part of the City’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan to create jobs for New Yorkers today, implement a vision for long-term economic growth, and build affordable, attractive neighborhoods. The announcement was made during an event the Brooklyn Workforce1 Career Center on Bond Street. During the event, the 15,000th person placed in a job was recognized and awards were presented to local businesses and partners.
“Congratulations to the Brooklyn Workforce1 Career Center and Goodwill Industries on the15,000 job placement and for helping thousands of New Yorkers find jobs, enhance their careers and receive occupational training,” said Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Robert W. Walsh. “This center is truly a model. We’re going to continue to make this even a better place for both jobseekers and employers looking to fill open positions.”
The Brooklyn Workforce1 Career Center is managed by the Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey for the New York Department of Small Business Services. Since the Brooklyn Workforce1 Career Center opened in 2004, job placements have increased from 500 to 4,000 annually. Since the Workforce1 Career Centers opened citywide about five years ago, more than 70,000 job placements have been made. Since the beginning of this year, more than 8,000 New Yorkers have been placed in jobs. The City’s Workforce1 Career Centers, located in every borough, offer career counseling, job placement services and access to job training.
Goodwill has a long-standing reputation for helping the people of Brooklyn. Eighty-seven years ago the first Goodwill Center was opened on Schermerhorn Street. Today, the organization serves more than 136,000 people annually and offers more than 85 programs across New York State, in the City and on Long Island, and in Northern New Jersey.
“We have wonderful partners in this process. We can’t do our job without the employers, and they’re such an important part of this equation. Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Walsh and others in the city said let’s create a system that works from the demand side as well as from the supply side. And the demand side is our employers,” said Davidson, who is also a board member on the Workforce Investment Board (WIB). “We have the most diverse and wonderful workforce in the world. And we want to make sure we get every jobseeker matched up with the employers. New York is one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever been and we need to keep it viable.”
SBS’ NYC Business Solutions works with business to help fill open positions, including recruiting and screening candidates. NYC Business Solutions also provides small businesses with planning, financing, marketing, legal services and training assistance. To learn more go to www.nyc.gov/smallbiz.
The following awards were presented:
Employer Appreciation Awards
Allen Health Care Services
Allen Health Care Services is a multi-disciplinary company performing home health nursing, patient advocacy and temporary staffing for local hospitals and skilled care facilities. In April 2007, Allen Health Care Services initially came to the center looking to fill entry level positions with jobseekers interested in starting a career in the Healthcare field. Initially, Allen hired 20 Home Health Aides. This year, the center and Allen collaborated once again, and began a citywide initiative that expects to employ more than 200 jobseekers quarterly. As of June 2009, the collaboration has resulted in over 425 job placements.
Modell’s is the nation's oldest, family-owned and operated, retailer of sporting goods, sporting apparel, menswear and brand name athletic footwear. In 2008, Modell’s came to the center while still in the planning stages of opening a new store in Downtown Brooklyn. As a result of the services at the center, 40 cashier and stock clerk positions were filled.
“Modell’s has always focused on the grassroots efforts when finding employees,” said Greg Hambric, Regional Recruiter for Modell’s. “By working with NYC Business Solutions, I was able to efficiently and cost-effectively hire new employees. There was no need to spend money on print advertisements or a job placement service. The center was about to source all the job candidates.”
Excellence in Training and Employment
DCIC Business Institute
DCIC Business Institute strives to provide educational opportunities in business by providing students with sound theoretical understanding and excellent business skills.
DCIC offers programs which are open to all qualified students, with special emphasis on members of underserved communities, including individuals with special needs and disabilities. The Brooklyn Workforce1 Career Center selected DCIC to receive the Excellence in Training and Employment due to their continuous efforts in training and placing our customers in competitive employment ranging from Accountants, Medical Billers, Administrative Assistants and Legal Secretaries.
Highest Performing Partner Award
Brooklyn United Innovative Local Development (B.U.I.L.D)
The Brooklyn United Innovative Local Development is committed to supporting development as a means of creating economic opportunities to promote financial self-sufficiency and prosperity in socio-economically depressed communities. The center first partnered with BUILD in July of 2008 as part of an effort to ensure that jobseekers were well prepared for the employment opportunities at the center. Through this dedication and hard work BUILD has been successful in referring over 225 job seekers of which approximately 40% were successfully connected to employment. We hope to continue our partnership with BUILD to provide their jobseekers with the best possible employment opportunities and award them the 2009 Highest Performing Partner Award.
In these uncertain economic times Ms. Bernadette Smith had to make the hard decision to leave her employment in January 2009 to care for a sick family member. A few months later, when Ms. Smith was able to return to the workforce she came to the Brooklyn Workforce1 Career Center. After having worked as a Patient Account Representative for over 10 years, she was interested in a change as she prepared to re-enter the workforce. Promoting Specialized Care and Health (P.S.C.H), which provides health care, rehabilitative services based on individuals needs within the NY Metropolitan area and New Jersey has been working with the center for over a year and a half. On March 2, 2009, Bernadette was hired as an Entitlement and Eligibility Supervisor.
“The staff at Workforce1 is very professional and helped me a great deal,” said Ms. Smith. “It is very scary being unemployed. The Workforce1 center is a place where you can receive assistance and guidance in finding a job. I thank you very much.”
About the Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan
The Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan is a comprehensive strategy to bring New York City through the current economic downturn as fast as possible. It focuses on three major areas: creating jobs for New Yorkers today, implementing a long-term vision for growing the city's economy, and building affordable, attractive neighborhoods in every borough. Taken together, the initiatives that the City has launched to achieve these goals will generate thousands of jobs and put New York City on a path to economic recovery and growth.
About The Department of Small Business Services
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. NYC Workforce1 Career Centers offer services to meet the needs of all jobseekers, including one-on-one job and career counseling, technical and educational services, workshops, and referrals to training providers. For more information on all of SBS’ services go to www.nyc.gov/sbs.
About Goodwill Industries
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization serving the unemployed, people with physical and mental disabilities, the elderly and disadvantaged youth. Goodwill provides training, vocational and job placement programs, as well as in-school and after-school programs and rehabilitation services. It also provides barrier-free apartments for people with disabilities and the elderly. Revenues from GoodTemps, its temporary staffing division, and from its 38 thrift stores support Goodwill's human services mission. Established in Brooklyn 1915, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. is headquartered at 4-21 27th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102.