Career Pathways

Career Pathways: One City Working Together

A vibrant middle class where every New Yorker can maintain stable employment and earn a family-supporting wage is crucial to what makes New York City one of most vibrant economies in the world. However, not all New Yorkers are sharing in this prosperity, as a quarter of the entire labor force earns less than $20,000 per year. At the same time, employers in fast-growing, high-paying fields are confronting a shortage of skilled workers.

That is why Mayor de Blasio convened the Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force, a diverse group of stakeholders determined to broaden opportunity for all New Yorkers. The Task Force released a report entitled Career Pathways: One City Working Together, which outlines the City's new workforce strategy and realizes the opportunity to equip more New Yorkers with skills for high-quality jobs that employers need to fill.

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.

For more information on the city's progress implementing Career Pathways visit

Read Career Pathways: One City Working Together (in PDF)
Read Career Pathways: Progress Update (in PDF)

The framework features 10 recommendations in three key policy areas:

Building Skills Employers Seek
1 - Launch or expand Industry Partnerships with real-time feedback loops in six sectors: healthcare, technology, industrial/ manufacturing, and construction, which will focus on training more New Yorkers for jobs with career potential, and retail and food service, which will focus on improving the quality of low-wage occupations.
2 - Establish Career Pathways as the framework for the City's workforce system.
3 – Invest $60 million annually by 2020 in bridge programs that prepare low-skill jobseekers for entry-level work and middle-skill job training.
4 - Triple the City's training investment to $100 million annually by 2020 in career-track, middle-skill occupations, including greater support for incumbent workers who are not getting ahead.
5 - Improve and expand CTE and college preparedness programs, adjust CUNY's alternative credit policy, and invest in career counseling to increase educational persistence and better support students' long-term employment prospects.
6 - Increase work-based learning opportunities for youth and high-need jobseekers.

Improving Job Quality
7 - Create a standard that recognizes high-road employers who have good business practices, with the goal of assessing at least 500 local businesses by the end of 2015.
8 - Improve the conditions of low-wage work by expanding access to financial empowerment resources in partnership with at least 100 employers and pursuing legislative changes such as increasing the minimum wage.

Increasing System and Policy Coordination
9 – Maximize local job opportunities through the City's contracts and economic development investments by establishing a "First Look" hiring process and enforcing targeted hiring provisions in social service contracts.
10 - Reimburse workforce agencies on the basis of job quality instead of the quantity of job placements by aligning service providers under a system-wide data infrastructure that measures job outcomes such as full-time work, wage growth, and job continuity.