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.
Mayor Bill de Blasio 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, 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.
One year after Mayor de Blasio released the Career Pathways report laying out the administration's vision to transform workforce development, the City announced significant progress in several key areas of the report.