2012-03-02 / Community

Library And Workforce 1 Partner Together

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh have announced a partnership between public libraries and the City’s Workforce 1 Career Centers and the opening of the two newest Workforce 1 Centers, in Long Island City and on Staten Island. Workforce 1 Career Centers have also opened in the Queens Library in Flushing, the Brooklyn Public Library Sunset Park branch, and one will open in the New York Public Library in the Bronx in 2012, marking a partnership with all three public library systems. The three public library Centers have placed New Yorkers in more than 500 jobs since launching this fall.

Delivered by the Workforce Professionals Training Institute, the training provided librarians with skills to help serve branch customers seeking employment. These skills included job readiness services, job search strategies, and the latest labor market trends in New York City.

“Libraries have always served as gateways to opportunity, so they make great locations for our career counseling and job placement services,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Last year, Workforce 1 Centers connected New Yorkers to 35,000 jobs, and this year, we’ll do even more to make sure that people who are looking for jobs can get help they need to learn new skills and find real opportunities.”

“Queens Library is pleased to expand our resources for job seekers through this partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services,” said Thomas Galante, President and CEO of Queens Library. “Our collaboration with Workforce 1, which began in Jamaica in 2001, has helped connect over 25,000 Queens residents each year with the tools and information they need to enter the workforce and enrich their lives. This new program will more than double the number of people we can reach with these critical resources.”

Workforce 1 Centers were launched at the start of the Bloomberg Administration, and with the opening of three Workforce 1 Centers in libraries, the Administration now has a total of 15 centers in all five boroughs, ten of which have opened since last July. Of these 10, two are sector based – one in Long Island City and the other in Jamaica, Queens – and they’re focused on connecting job seekers to careers in the health care, transportation, and industrial sectors. Up until 2004, Workforce 1 Centers were placing about 500 New Yorkers in jobs a year – before they were completely revamped to offer training in the skills that companies are seeking and better connect the supply of labor to the demand for labor. Cities across the country have expressed interest in New York City’s approach, and the federal government funded the replication of the City’s approach in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and parts of Ohio.

Workforce1 Career Centers offer one-on-one appointments with jobseekers to review their resume, screen for jobs, and match candidates with available jobs. These Centers also have a resource area where New Yorkers can search and apply for jobs, and conference areas for skill building workshops. Two more Centers are scheduled to open in 2012, for a total of 17 Workforce 1 Centers offering free services to New Yorkers looking for jobs.

Several resources are available to New Yorkers looking for jobs. Visit www.nyc.gov for a list of Workforce 1 Career Center locations throughout the City, and to sign up for the Workforce 1 Career Bulletin, a weekly email featuring the latest job openings available through the centers. New Yorkers can also find valuable resources online through the Workforce 1 Career Blog, and by following Workforce1 on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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