What We Do

NYC Employment & Training Coalition (NYCETC) is the largest city-based workforce development association in the country with over 180 members providing jobs for more than a half a million New Yorkers. Our mission is to ensure that every New Yorker has access to the skills, training, and education needed to thrive in the local economy, and that every business is able to maintain a highly skilled workforce. NYCETC convenes stakeholders across the system, discovers and develops innovative solutions to create an interconnected and effective workforce, and advocates for equitable workforce development policies and investments at all levels of government that support people, communities and systems.

Our Approach

Convene

NYCETC brings together New York City’s community of talent development organizations, colleges and universities, labor unions, and businesses to understand our collective training and talent needs.

Through conducting research, issuing surveys, hosting panel discussions and roundtables, and more, NYCETC maintains a pulse on how the workforce development community is thinking at large, keeping track of its successes, challenges, and opportunities to improve.

With this shared focus on strengthening New York City’s workforce development community, NYCETC actively fosters cross-collaboration among various nonprofits, educational institutions, unions and businesses to create more inclusive economic outcomes.

Innovate

NYCETC works to discover new and innovative ways to create a truly interconnected talent development system that meets 21st Century talent needs.

Through strategic partnerships, driving new programs, and publishing original research and policy recommendations, NYCETC frequently provides new insights and solutions to build an economy that works for everyone.

NYCETC’s members are on the cutting edge when it comes to creating and implementing new methods of program delivery, including remote and digital first learning opportunities, to ensure workforce solutions remain accessible to all, while remaining current with the latest business needs.

Advocate

NYCETC is the voice of NYC’s workforce development community and we are committed to holding our leaders accountable. Our work with elected officials and agency leads us to advocate for fundamentally shift and align systems, investments and decision making processes that fuel our economy toward a talent-driven economic development model, one which recognizes (workers and) human capital as the primary pillar, creator and source of prosperity and growth within our communities.

People: Invest in improving all New Yorkers’ ability to access economic opportunity through the development, expansion and full funding of effective training models and upskilling programs that connect New Yorkers to essential and growth sectors, as well as prepare them with 21st century skills to navigate the evolution of industries and company work culture

Community: Align and embed local talent development into economic development processes and practices, including projects developed in response to COVID, such as initiatives focused on life sciences, public health, and sustainability and resiliency, as well as Federal stimulus projects to ensure that economic development creates jobs for local residents

System: Design an intentional system that includes education, job training and employment services, economic development and the NYC Workforce Investment Board to increase the visibility, access, alignment, volume and quality of services

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Policy Vision

The dual health and economic consequences of the pandemic have had uniquely destructive consequences on our local and national economy, and magnified flaws and inequities that have long held New Yorkers back from thriving in our city, and businesses from having access to the highest quality local talent.

A true recovery for all New Yorkers means being intentional about how we invest in people, community and systems, including getting New Yorkers — especially those with systemic barriers distinguished by race, gender, and socioeconomic status — back to work in good, quality jobs; dedicating assets toward communities and neighborhoods that have experienced disinvestment; and infrastructure that will ensure optimal performance for all stakeholders served by the workforce development ecosystem.

For this reason, City leadership and agencies need to fundamentally shift and align systems, investments and decision making processes that fuel our economy toward a talent-driven economic development model that recognizes human capital as the primary pillar and source of prosperity and growth within our communities and among our businesses.

Policy Pillars

1 | People

Invest in improving all New Yorkers’ ability to access economic opportunity through the development, expansion and full funding of effective training models and upskilling programs that connect New Yorkers to essential and growth sectors, as well as prepare them with 21st century skills to navigate the evolution of industries and company work culture

2 | Community

Align and embed local workforce development into economic development processes and practices, including projects developed in response to COVID, such as initiatives focused on life sciences, public health, and sustainability and resiliency, as well as Federal stimulus projects to ensure that economic development creates jobs for local residents and businesses

3 | System

Design an intentional system that includes education, job training and employment services, economic development, and the NYC Workforce Investment Board to increase the visibility, access, alignment, volume and quality of services

2021 Policy Priorities

1 | People

  • Invest and increase the scale of effective on ramps to skills training such as “bridge programs”, pre-apprenticeship models, and ESOL programs that meet the needs of business across in-demand industries and create pathways into middle skills careers
  • Invest in 360 degree wraparound services – including childcare, internet and computer access, transportation, food security, mental health and financial empowerment – that empower, provide security, and increase the ability to learn and earn
  • Reinforce policies that increase and/or strengthen worker protections and job quality, including wage theft enforcement, index minimum wage, and worker safety nets
  • Expand and fund a CUNY talent pipeline to incentive and strengthen the pipeline of local residents served by community-based organizations — which possess cultural competencies and provide bridge programs and supportive services — into CUNY for New Yorkers who choose to pursue employer supported credentials and degrees

2 | Community

  • Develop a flexible and dedicated workforce development fund for workforce development that can provide sustainable, long-term funding for employment and training programs across all agencies and initiatives
  • 10 percent of all funds allocated for economic development initiatives of any kind must be allocated for the sole purpose of building a quality, neighborhood-based talent pipeline in partnership with the City’s workforce development system, including local community-based organizations and CUNY
  • Incentivize employers to invest in and commit to creating a more equitable talent pipeline from communities historically underrepresented and more heavily impacted by the effects of COVID-19
  • Close the digital poverty gap for workers and learners seeking workforce development services by expanding broadband access, providing devices to program participants and households with students, and providing technical assistance to workforce service providers and small businesses
  • Pass Community Hiring legislation to ensure that the City prioritizes its investments in communities that are historically marginalized and hardest hit by the health and economic toll of the pandemic

3 | System

  • Streamline and strengthen structure of the workforce development system by creating a new NYC Dept. of Workforce Development, in order to ensure that any and all local, state, and federal dollars for workforce development flow through a single department and Commissioner
  • Streamline and strengthen oversight of the workforce development system by creating a new Deputy Mayor for Workforce Development, empowered to oversee all allocated funds, as well as a new Committee on Workforce Development within the NYC Council to provide oversight of the Deputy Mayor and Dept. of Workforce Development
  • Collect, communicate, and utilize data to align the real-time talent needs of employers across industries to investments in training programs throughout the city by philanthropy and government agencies
  • Map the workforce development system to provide a worker, training provider and employer facing tool to increase the effectiveness and access to parts of the system
  • Address barriers that prevent system success, including contracts that do not provide flexibility and funding for innovation, design, professional development, capacity building and other resources

Campaigns

NYC Inclusive Growth Initiative

The goal of the NYCIGI is to develop a steering committee that is representative of the diversity of New York City in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, immigration history and status, incomes status, thought and disability. It will be proactively inclusive of people with non-traditional educations, people who do not have access to other networks of civic influence in New York City, and people with working-class backgrounds and occupations.

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NY Workforce Recovery Strategy Group

In direct response to the growing crisis of unemployment and small business collapse in New York City as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, leaders from the public and private sector have partnered to form the “NY Workforce Recovery Strategy Group” and create space for a solutions-oriented discussion to the current economic challenges. The NYC Employment and Training Coalition organized the formation of this group.

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NYC Nonprofits Turnout

NYC Nonprofits Turnout is a nonpartisan initiative to build on current civic engagement and voting across the city’s human services sector and the communities it serves in order to reshape these political and economic systems.

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Invest in Skills NYC

Invest In Skills NY is a statewide advocacy partnership between employers, economic development and workforce development communities to urge the Governor and New York State Legislature to prioritize a skilled workforce as an economic necessity. Funded by the New York Community Trust, the NYC Workforce Funders and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, this effort aims to raise the collective knowledge about workforce development as economic development and encourage policy reforms to meet the changing demands of the labor market.

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