2007-12-14 / Community

Councilman Addabbo Praises Workforce Nonprofits

City Councilman Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Chairman of the City Council Civil Service and Labor Committee, praised private and public organizations engaged in preparing our residents for job and promotional skills.

The councilman singled out the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE), an organized labor affiliate, for offering citywide training, job placement and education services for 90,000 people, annually. Addabbo also cited the efforts of The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) in aiding city employees through a multitude of seminars.

Training for technology and social service positions is carried on at several locations within the CWE network. Councilman Addabbo commented that, "CWE stands alongside community organizations as a training ground for several fields, including health care, telecommunications, computers, commercial driving and construction. Most of their programs are open to those in- -dividuals working in the public or private sector and those seeking employment."

DCAS has programs for city employees in computer operations, auditing, leadership training, coping with difficult job situations, and letter and memo writing. Individual city agencies pay for the training of their workers, while DCAS personnel and contracted vendors administer the seminars. DCAS gives completion certificates to the employees, while it also sends attendance and achievement records to the city agencies. A record 14,000 city employees completed DCAS training seminars in 2006.

"These programs," said Councilman Addabbo, "are essential in training the future workforce of New York City. The DCAS programs assist in helping city employees improve their daily work performance and prepare them for promotional opportunities." Addabbo said that those interested in further information should call his City Hall office at 212-788-7069, CWE at 212-647- 1900 or DCAS at 212-484-5600.

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