New York, December 22, 2009 – The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Robert W. Walsh and Executive Director of the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) Veronica M. White today announced that the NYC Training Guide website has received over half a million visitors since its launch in March 2008. The NYC Training Guide is a research tool that matches jobseekers with appropriate training programs to promote career advancement. Providing additional job training and placement services for New Yorkers is part of the Bloomberg Administration’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan.
“Training and preparing our City’s jobseekers for better careers is a key component of our plan to get New Yorkers back to work,” said SBS Commissioner Walsh. “The NYC Training Guide is a resource to find the best training opportunities and holds training providers accountable for quality instruction that leads to real jobs.”
Since its launch with support from the CEO, the NYC Training Guide website has received 525,968 visitors. In order to be included in the guide, training providers must meet a passing standard of 75 percent course completion and 50 percent job placement rate. It is a first-of-its-kind website modeled after the Zagat Guide, providing New Yorkers with information about courses, training-provider track records and student reviews. The NYC Training Guide is part of the Center for Economic Opportunity’s programs to end poverty, as education and skills training lead to higher wages and career advancement.
“This web-based tool is a major step forward in promoting transparency for jobseekers looking for the best place to obtain their training. The guide allows workers to obtain crucial information about training quality and outcomes that were previously inaccessible, and facilitates finding the best match to meet their training needs to better their chances in the job market. This tool helps make the job training system more efficient, and easier to navigate for low-income New Yorkers who are pursuing new skills,” said Executive Director of the Center for Economic Opportunity Veronica M. White.
The City is deploying federal stimulus dollars to create increased opportunities for New Yorkers to access career training. The NYC Training Guide provides critical information about these training opportunities.
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the City earmarked $6.6 million in funding received for new Individual Training Grants (ITG). New Yorkers can receive vouchers to pay for job training for in-demand occupations, including nurses, truck drivers and computer programmers, among many others. ITGs are offered at the City’s Workforce1 Career Centers. Since the beginning of the year, 9,426 ITGs valued at close to $19 million were issued, more than double the 4,698 ITGs issued to jobseekers last year.
In May, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that New York City is using nearly $32 million of federal stimulus funding received to provide additional job training and placement services for New Yorkers. The funding is being directed to new and existing programs offered through New York City's Workforce1 Career Centers in all five boroughs.
New Yorkers can find the NYC Training Guide at www.nyc.gov/trainingguide.
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 The Center for Economic Opportunity:
The Center for Economic Opportunity was established by Mayor Bloomberg in 2006 to implement innovative ways to reduce poverty in New York City. Led by Executive Director Veronica White and supported by a combination of public and private funds, the Center for Economic Opportunity works with City agencies to design and implement evidence-based initiatives aimed at poverty reduction. The Center manages an Innovation Fund through which it provides City agencies annual funding to implement such initiatives and also oversees a rigorous evaluation of each to determine which are successful in demonstrating results towards reducing poverty and increasing self sufficiency among New Yorkers. For more information about all of CEO’s initiatives, go to www.nyc.gov/ceo