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Career Pathways Learning Lab Summary and Next Steps Brief Released
July 29, 2015
On May 4, 2015, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (WKDEV) and the New York Association for Training and Employment Professionals, in partnership with the City University of New York, hosted a one day Career Pathways Learning lab. The event, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co., engaged 240 local, state, and national partners and experts in sharing and learning about best practices in career pathways implementation. This brief highlights reflections on the career pathways concept, the current state of the City’s ability to implement this strategy, and proposed next steps for building a robust network of career pathway programs.

HRA Releases Career Pathways Concept Papers for New Employment Services
July 28, 2015
Today, the Human Resources Administration (HRA) released four concept papers detailing a new vision for employment and education services. The concept papers reflect the city’s commitment to reforming its workforce policies and procedures to more effectively fight poverty and income inequality. HRA’s efforts will be implemented in close alignment with recommendations from the city’s Career Pathways report and the transformation of the entire NYC workforce development system into a career pathways approach, the first such effort by a large U.S. city. The public comment period for concept papers will be open until September 18, 2015.  The concept papers can be found here.

WIB Member Amy Bennett Featured in NY1 Piece on Summer Youth Employment Program
July 23, 2015
Today, NY1 featured WIB member Amy Bennett’s business, The Greene Grape, as a Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) worksite. The Greene Grape’s ice cream shop, Scoops, partners with DYCD to provide young people with work experience in collaboration with the Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation, which is led by Colvin Grannum, a WIB member. SYEP provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August. This year DYCD placed 54,263 young people into summer jobs, the highest total since 2009. Please click here to see NY1’s coverage.

The WIB is now accepting nominations for an adult education and literacy representative on the local board
July 7, 2015
The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) stipulates that one member of the local workforce board be a representative of adult education and literacy providers that receive Title II funding. WIOA also requires that this representative be appointed from among individuals nominated by local providers. If you are an eligible provider and would like to nominate someone, please email cneale@wkdev.nyc.gov  by 5pm on July 17 with the following information in a Microsoft Word document using no more than one page:

  • Your name, title, and organization
  • The nature of the Title II funding your organization receives
  • The name, title, and organization of the person you are nominating
  • The nature of the Title II funding the nominee’s organization receives
  • The qualifications of the person you are nominating, including the person’s relevant professional experience and knowledge of adult education and literacy needs, programs, and policies
  • The experience of the nominee’s organization in providing adult education and literacy programs, with emphasis on programs funded by Title II
  • Please confirm that the person you nominate is interested before you submit the nomination.

Workforce Investment Board submits responses to WIOA Drafted Regulations
June 15, 2015
Today, the New York City Workforce Investment Board (WIB) responded to Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) drafted by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education. The NPRMs are drafted regulations intended to implement the four titles of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). On July 22, 2014,  President Obama signed WIOA into law. The new law reauthorizes a number of federal workforce and education programs and offers the opportunity to improve their implementation. New York City’s response included recommendations for how the regulations could be modified to best serve New York City’s workers and businesses.

Click here to view responses

New York City joins Chicago/Cook County, the City of Los Angeles, and the County of Los Angeles in WIOA Draft Regulations Letter
June 15, 2015
Today, the Workforce Investment Boards of New York City, Chicago/Cook County, the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles submitted a joint letter in response to the draft regulations for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). These areas are the four largest local workforce investment areas in the country and will comprise a major share of the nation ’s performance and budget expenditures under WIOA. In the letter, the cities highlight the complexity of local workforce development areas in large metropolitan areas and emphasize the need to maintain flexibility for how local areas can approach governance of their workforce areas.

Click here to view letter

Workforce Investment Board welcomes Chris Neale as new Director
May 26, 2015
Today, the Workforce Investment Board welcomed Chris Neale as its new Director. Chris previously served as Assistant Commissioner of External Relations and Special Programs in the Workforce Development Division of the Department of Small Business Services (SBS).  In this role, he managed key relationships with oversight and funding entities, including the New York State Department of Labor, the Center for Economic Opportunity, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, and the NYC Workforce Investment Board. Chris also helped create the Workforce1 Industrial & Transportation Workforce1 Career Center and the Workforce1 Healthcare Career Center, the city’s first two sector-specific career centers. Chris holds a Master’s in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from Stanford University.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and B Lab announced the launch of Best for NYC
May 10, 2015
Today, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and B Lab announced the launch of Best for NYC, a campaign and set of business tools and services designed to inspire and equip New York City businesses to measure and improve business practices that help create well-paying jobs and improve the quality of life in all five boroughs, while also strengthening their bottom-line. Using B Lab’s Impact Assessment, the leading global tool for measuring, benchmarking, and improving economic and social impact, businesses can assess their practices on issues such as diversity and inclusion, compensation, benefits and governance, and compare their businesses to more than 20,000 others to establish best practices.
Businesses will be able to identify opportunities to improve their competitive position by investing in better practices, and in doing so, improve their workplace and communities. The Best for NYC goals stem from recommendations made in the Career Pathways report created by New York City’s Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force.  NYCEDC intends to have at least 500 businesses participate in Best for NYC by the end of 2015, with focused outreach efforts to ensure business participation reflects the diversity of the City’s businesses.

Click here for more information about Best for NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio Releases One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City
April 22, 2015
Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the release of "One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City," a comprehensive plan for a sustainable and resilient city for all New Yorkers that addresses the profound social, economic, and environmental challenges ahead. One New York includes a plan for New York City to have a workforce equipped with the skills needed to participate in the 21st century economy. The One New York report highlights recommendations from the Career Pathways: One City Working Together report.
One NYC website
One NYC press release

New York City Training and Employment Coalition Hosts 2015 Policy Forum
February 6, 2015
Today, the New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC) held its 2015 Policy Forum: “Policy, Perspectives and Partnerships.” The forum highlighted the growth and changes in the workforce development community, including the city’s release of Career Pathways: One City Working Together. WKDEV presented its framework and vision for overhauling the city’s workforce system with over 200 workforce organizations and stakeholders. WKDEV also helped facilitate discussions concerning specific pieces of how to implement the Career Pathways vision, very closely aligned to activities and services expected to be provided under the new federal workforce legislation, WIOA. The event was co-hosted by the Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI) and Public Works Partners (PWP).

Dollarwise Summer Youth Campaign
January 23, 2015
Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) DollarWise Campaign awarded its annual Summer Youth Campaign (SYC) Grants for financial literacy to five cities, including New York City. The winning cities will use their DollarWise SYC awards to integrate financial education into their local summer youth programs. The Department of Community and Youth Development administers the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), the city’s summer youth program. The award was presented to the city at the USCM 83rd Annual Winter Meeting.

WKDEV Executive Director Nominated to board of Workforce Development Council
January 21, 2015
Today, the WKDEV Executive Director, Katy Gaul-Stigge, was nominated to the board of the Workforce Development Council (WDC), an arm of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The WDC, established in 1977 as the Employment and Training Council, works with mayors' representatives to influence Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor in directing more employment and training funds to cities, to identify key issues in workforce development that affect cities, and to assure that the role of cities is paramount in all workforce development activities. The election took place during the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s 83rd Annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Summer Youth Employment Program Report Findings
January 5, 2015
Today, the Wharton School of Business, in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, published a report detailing key positive impacts the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) has on the city’s young people. The study showed that SYEP helps to reduce crime and has positive health outcomes, however it did not reveal positive employment or college enrollment outcomes. SYEP runs from July to August each year and provides young people (selected through a lottery), ages 14-24 years old, valuable exposure to work. This report will be discussed at the March 19th WIB Quarterly Meeting.
More information about SYEP

WKDEV testifies at City Council Oversight Hearing on Career Pathways

December 11, 2014
WKDEV testified at an oversight hearing jointly called by the Committees on Economic Development, Community Development, and Civil Service and Labor of the New York City Council. WKDEV provided testimony related to the structural reforms of the City’s workforce development system in its newly released report, Career Pathways.

Link to the Hearing Testimony

WKDEV highlights Career Pathways Report at Workforce Investment Board

December 11, 2014
Today, the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) met for its final Quarterly meeting of 2014. The meeting was hosted by the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and the board was greeted by Sunil B. Gupta, Dean of the Center for Continuing Education & Workforce Development at BMCC. Katy Gaul-Stigge, WKDEV Executive Director, shared the city’s new workforce strategy outlined in Career Pathways. Additionally, Sherazade Langlade, WIB Director, shared the board’s recommendations for the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The board will hold its next Quarterly meeting on March 19, 2015.

WKDEV attends Workforce Funders Meeting

December 10, 2014
Katy Gaul-Stigge, WKDEV Executive Director, provided the New York City Workforce Funders with a presentation on Career Pathways, the City’s new workforce strategy. In addition, Steven Banks, Human Resources Administration Commissioner, provided the agency’s Biennial Employment Plan. Both strategies highlight Mayor de Blasio’s vision to address economic inequality and build an economy where all hardworking New Yorkers have an opportunity to enter the middle class. Maureen Conway, Vice President at the Aspen Institute, and Steven Dawson, Strategic Advisor at the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, also highlighted innovative strategies to improve the City’s workforce system. The Workforce Funders is a group of more than 40 foundations whose goal is to enhance the effectiveness of the City’s public and nonprofit workforce development programs.

NYU Wagner hosts Executive Briefing Series

December 3, 2014
Today, NYU Wagner and Accenture hosted a panel of City officials as a part of its Executive Briefing Series. The event focused on developing NYC’s talent pool to drive competitiveness and featured a panel which included Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks, Office of Workforce Development Executive Director Katy Gaul-Stigge, Economic Development Corporation President Kyle Kimball, Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer, and Burning Glass Technologies Chief Executive Officer, Matt Sigelman. Peter Hutchinson, Managing Director at Accenture, moderated. The briefing primarily focused on the City’s new workforce strategy featured in Career Pathways. The briefing also examined the intersection between bridging the skills gaps for New York’s businesses and driving the City’s economic development agenda. The panelists discussed opportunities to collaborate with employers and workforce providers, and explored how innovations in the use of data and technology can support targeted workforce investments in the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces Overhaul of Workforce Development to Focus on Good-Paying Jobs, Skill-Building, and Strengthening New York City’s Economy

November 21, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a major shift in workforce development to better train New Yorkers for good-paying jobs and help secure job placements in fast-growing fields. Based on a report, Career Pathways, released today by the Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force, the administration will invest in middle-skill job training for up to 30,000 people each year, prioritize good-paying full-time job placements at workforce agencies, and require companies doing business with the City to move New Yorkers to the front of the hiring line.

Link to the Career Pathways website
Link to the Career Pathways report

Workforce Investment Board Provides the United States Department of Labor with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Transition and Implementation Recommendations

November 7, 2014
The New York City Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has provided six recommendations for the United States Department of Labor regarding the transition to and implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that the WIB believes will best advance the goals and intention of WIOA. On July 22, 2014 President Obama signed WIOA into law. The new law 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 WIB is highly encouraged by the passage of WIOA. The WIB is most excited by WIOA’s 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.

Link to NYC WIB WIOA Recommendations
Link to WIOA Fact Sheet

JP Morgan Chase Releases Skills Gap Report

October 30, 2014
Today, JPMorgan Chase & Co. released Closing the Skills Gap: Preparing New Yorkers for High-growth, High-demand, Middle-Skill Jobs. The report is the first in a series which will lay out a specific roadmap for addressing the mismatch between the needs of employers and the skills of current job seekers. The report targets middle-skill healthcare and technology jobs in New York City and offers data-driven steps for the Office of Workforce Development to take to fill critical, good paying jobs. The report aligns well to the work of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force and is also a critical component of JPMorgan Chase’s five-year, $250 million New Skills at Work initiative, which will identify middle-skill healthcare and technology occupations, expand workforce development and training programs, and establish career paths for advanced roles.

Link to JPMorgan New Skills at Work Report

Workforce Investment Board hosts Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen
September 18, 2014
Today, the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) met for their third Quarterly meeting of 2014. Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, in her first visit to the WIB, welcomed nine new WIB members and provided a vision for how the WIB can contribute to the long-term implementation of Mayor Bill de Blasio's workforce initiatives. Katy Gaul-Stigge, WKDEV Executive Director, and John Moguelscu, Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of CUNY School of Professional Studies, provided the WIB an opportunity for input and direction setting for the goals and vision of the Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force.

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)