Tuesday, July 18, 2017

NYATEP Seeks Employer Survey Respondents

With the rise of apprenticeship programming in the public spotlight, the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP) is seeking feedback directly from New York State employers in four sectors outside of the traditional union-led apprenticeships, for their opinions of apprenticeship as a training option.  As the state’s workforce association, they believe collecting information versus working off of anecdotes will be critical as this program expands federally and across the State. To that end, they are collecting data on the perceived barriers held by employers to accessing and registering an apprenticeship program in New York State. The goal is to use this information to recommend policy and programmatic improvements to the NYS Apprenticeship program.

NYATEP has released a survey of employer perceptions about apprenticeship. In order to help ensure they get the kind of data they need, we're asking you to reach out to your employer partners and board members in Advanced Manufacturing, Bio-technology, Technology and Telecommunications and ask them to fill out the survey. It will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. 

NYATEP asks that all responses be sent in by August 15th. All responses will be kept confidential, however they plan to circulate the aggregate results to partners in the field.  Thus they're asking that you feel free to forward this email along to other partners or industry associations in your network. The more responses they get the better!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

JobsFirstNYC is Hiring!

Executive-level Position focused on Employer Engagement and Economic Development Practice

This executive level position is a key, visible, leadership position within the organization. The executive will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, and engaging with employers, business leaders, business intermediary organizations, and economic development initiatives in a structural rather than transactional manner in order to accelerate and advance JobsFirstNYC’s goals and objectives.

The suitable candidate for this role will provide strategic, forward-looking/thinking cultivation and management of employer partnerships, constituent engagement, and practice management, with a dual focus on expanding employer engagement, enhancement of business management, and promoting sustainable economic practices. The overall performance standard for this position is the direct evidence of employer involvement – and the measurable impact of this involvement in service of the overarching institutional agenda. The optimal candidate will bring a rich array of resources and connections to the role, and will be able to readily leverage these, in addition to JobsFirstNYC’s connections, to build and strengthen employer engagement and sustainable economic practice. 

Competencies: Communication Skills – Clearly and persuasively communicate, listen and seek clarifications; participate in meetings, write clearly and informatively, comfortable with public speaking. Professionalism – Work well in a fast-paced environment. Understand business implications of decisions, align work with strategic goals, and develop strategies to achieve organizational goals. Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Displays passion and optimism.

Qualifications: Minimum of a BA, MA in a relevant discipline preferred. Ten years of professional experience in economic development and/or employer cultivation engagement to include corporate recruiting, human resources, and career development. Strong knowledge of the NYC workforce and economic development systems. Exemplary written and verbal communications skills, and relationship management skills. Contemporary knowledge of career trends and market demand; employer relations and cultivation. Private sector/business leadership experience preferred. Ability to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities.

To apply for this position, please send a letter of intent and a resume in PDF format only to: jobs@jobsfirstnyc.org.

JobsFirstNYC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, JobsFirstNYC complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Beyond the Double Bottom Line: Building Value through Employer Networks

Significant and ongoing changes in the labor market mean that effective workforce strategies must involve new collaborative structures to engage employers more deeply. In order to improve the effectiveness of the workforce system and to improve outcomes for young people engaging with that system, we must turn to new innovations that more effectively address employer's concerns. A promising shift is the establishment of employer-informed or led networks, often supported by workforce or employer intermediaries that can be adaptive both to supply and demand-side needs, and that can incorporate employers as partners in the structure. 

We gathered on June 6th with six national experts representing several cities and several approaches to developing such networks who shared their wisdom, their candor, and their expertise as they endeavor to create or refine such efforts in their own communities. 

The presenters included:
  • Alan Momeyer, Chief Human Resource Officer Emeritus, The Loews Corporation (moderator)
  • Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network
  • David Garza, Executive Director and CEO, Henry Street Settlement
  • Alysia Ordway, Employer Engagement Director, Boston Private Industry Council
  • Liddy Romero, Founder and Executive Director, WorkLife Partnership
  • Robert Sainz, Assistant General Manager at the City of Los Angeles Department of Community Development

These leaders presented a range of considerations for the development and maintenance of employer networks, and how they are learning from their experiences to refine and strengthen their approaches to the work. Though each presenter had a slightly different context for their practice, their perspectives wove a clear through line that effective employer engagement strategies are absolutely essential for the future of our field, and the totality of their perspectives ultimately generated a conversation that was both thought-provoking and inspiring.

In order to best capture the experience, we have put together the following Storify highlighting some of our favorite tweets and posts focusing on the event