Friday, March 9, 2012

News and Updates from JobsFirstNYC

Conference Calls with JobsFirstNYC to Discuss the YouthWorks RFP and RFA
Well, the YouthWorks RFP is out and responses are due on March 19th, and the RFA is out and applications are due on March 31. And we are getting loads and loads of questions.

So to assist, JobsFirstNYC is hosting two conference calls next week for anyone interested in learning more about this new funding initiative. We are scheduling two conference calls.

In the first call - scheduled for Tuesday March 13th from 3-4:30 p.m., we will:
  • Provide an overview of the RFP process and contents of the RFP itself;
  • Discuss potential implications for this initiative - what this new RFP means for your program should you apply;
  • Provide an overview of the National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC) component
  • Answer general questions about the process
However, we know that a lot of people have questions and concerns about the National Work Readiness Credential itself. So on Thursday, March 15th from 1:30-3:00 p.m., we are hosting a second call to specifically address the NWRC including:
  • An overview of what the NWRC is (and is not)
  • Specific requirements to become a training provider of the NWRC
  • Specific requirements to incorporate the NWRC in the current YouthWorks RFP (and to consider its implication for other funding streams)
But we also want to hear from you, and are gathering feedback on this specific tool to discuss with policy makers and others. So be prepared to share your questions and perspectives as well. 

You can participate in either call or both, but we are limited to the first 95 callers, so we will handle RSVP's for this call on a first-come, first-serve basis. To RSVP, please contact Gwen Hill at We strongly prefer that RSVP's come by e-mail to us, and not by phone. Thank you, and we look forward to speaking with you on these important issues.  

Registration is Open for the March 27
Job Developer Networking Event
We're at it again! Because Job Developers have simply demanded it, registration is now open for the upcoming Job Developer Networking Breakfast on March 27 from 8:30-10a.m, co-hosted by JobsFirstNYC and WPTI.

As with past sessions, this event will include plenty of time for open networking with your job developer colleagues.

We will be joined by guest speaker Andrew Rigie, Executive Vice President of the NY Restaurant Association, along with several employer representatives from the restaurant industry. Mr. Rigie will share his insights on trends and issues in the restaurant industry, as well as advise Job Developers on how best to approach restauranteurs and other food service businesses with respect to their efforts to refer young people to employment.

In addition, practitioners will have the opportunity to share with the employers their perceptions of the industry, and both the challenges and opportunities that may exist in terms of making better connections between employers and CBO's.

This event will afford job development staff an opportunity to take advantage of:

        -  a space for reflection
        -  a space for brainstorming new ways to approach the work
        -  a space for networking and making organizational connections

This is sure to be a great event, and we hope you will join us.  Click here to register for the March 27 Job Developers' Breakfast.  The event will take place at the Sheraton Brooklyn, 228 Duffield Street.  Please contact Sharon Sewell at 646-278-5686 with registration questions.

News from the Field
High Unemployment for Workers Age 16-24 Persists Despite Recent Signs of Economic Growth
Last week's Economic Snapshot from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows that the unemployment rate for young workers has improved to 16%, from a peak of 19.6% in the spring of 2010.  Even these improved numbers represent an uphill battle for young adults in a very challenging labor market for young adults.

2nd Annual State of the New York City Workforce System: One System for One City Report Released

This report summarizes the City's efforts to serve the employers and job seekers during Fiscal Year 2011. Like its predecessor, it collates information across all City-run workforce programs, including work-related education, job training and employment services. Its purpose is to provide policymakers and the general public with information on the content of New York City's workforce development programs, the customers they are serving, and how effectively they are doing so in the context of the current labor market.

March Real-Time Jobs Report

Are you interested in last month's hiring trends in New York City? The Labor Market Information Service (LMIS) March Real-Time Jobs Report breaks hiring trends down by employer, sector, job title and more.

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