Pathways to Industrial and Construction Careers

As part of the U.S Economic Development Administration (EDA) Good Jobs Challenge grant award, New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) will support workforce development efforts in the local building and construction industry as well as its transportation, distribution, and logistics industry – two industries critical to supporting New York City’s local economy and supply chain. The NYC Mayor’s Office of Talent and Workforce Development will serve as the backbone organization to the building and construction sectoral partnership and the Consortium for Worker Education (the workforce development arm of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO) will serve as the backbone organization for the transportation, distribution, and logistics sectoral partnership. Both organizations aim to bridge the gap between employers in these industries seeking a diverse workforce and individuals reliant on local public assistance systems. With a focus on clients served through Cash Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and NYC Housing Authority’s public housing program, HRA will support recruitment and training efforts designed to place New Yorkers into good-paying union jobs in these two sectors. HRA partners include six local unions and the City University of New York system. The project will also leverage the NYC Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to place low-income New Yorkers into union apprenticeships for construction, ensuring that union apprentices are prioritized for hire on PLA-covered city capital contracts.