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Message from the Mayor

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Dear New Yorkers:

Improving job outcomes for New Yorkers has been an integral part of my Administration's short- and long-term planning. A year ago, we unveiled Career Pathways: One City Working Together, a transformative plan to expand access to career-track jobs in fast-growing industry sectors, improve job quality, and foster a more cohesive workforce system.

This progress report gives an overview of our achievements since releasing Career Pathways and the work that is currently underway. The City has both added and shifted our resources and policies towards training and education. Nearly 7,500 people have been reached through partnerships with CUNY's community colleges through the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP). We have engaged employers to build trainings that can lead to mployment with growth opportunities and family-sustaining wages. We are beginning to move away from "rapid attachment" job placement, almost doubling our investment in skills training, and committing more dollars towards new models, including bridge programs and targeted entrepreneurship programs, serving over 18,700 New Yorkers-34% more than in FY 2014-combined. We have also begun building system-wide consensus around common definitions of job quality so that all agencies can work systemically to achieve this ambitious vision.

Going forward we will be focusing on continuing these policy shifts, working closely with educational institutions to ensure that industry-informed coursework is available to all New Yorkers, and that career counseling expands. We will build out our Industry Partnerships in six key sectors to provide in-demand services to ensure that our home-grown talent shares in the City's economic growth with quality, career-track jobs.

Building on all of this great foundational work, the year ahead will be about harnessing this momentum and making even bigger gains in our goal of refocusing our City's expansive system of workforce, training, and education to create opportunities for jobs for all New Yorkers.

Mayor Bill de Blasio



City Marks Significant Progress in Key Areas One Year After Release of Career Pathways Report
December 15, 2015
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. The City has nearly doubled its investments in workforce training over two years, significantly increased investment in "bridge" programs, and launched HireNYC, the largest targeted hiring program in the nation.

De Blasio Administration 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.