As New York City emerges from the economic crisis that occurred in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City looks to the workforce development ecosystem, and workforce development providers, as we pursue a full and equitable economic recovery. In this environment, we are pleased to announce the release of New York City’s Workforce Landscape: A Network of Programs Providers, and Organizations Foundational for Catalyzing a Robust and Equitable Economic Recovery. Created by The NYC Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC), Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI) and the Center for New York City Affairs (CNYCA), this groundbreaking report offers an understanding of New York City’s workforce development landscape in 2022, as the city faces a changing labor market and a rapidly digitizing economy.
The report is based on findings from a survey of NYCETC members and reveals data patterns including the profound impact of COVID on both workforce professionals and jobseekers, drastic budget cuts at the onset of the pandemic, and a pivot to digital service delivery, all in the midst of an increased demand for services. The report explores the consequences due to those challenges with the intention that providers and elected officials can zero in to resolve these challenges and build a more robust, innovative and equity-centric system for New York’s residents.
Stay tuned in the coming months for a second report, building upon learnings from this landscaping effort, as well as findings revealed in WPTI’s Voices from the Frontline report series, and additional economic research. This report will focus on how the New York City workforce system is prepared to respond to the current economic climate and the rapidly evolving labor market. Stay tuned!