Workforce Development Plan
Communities where we do not invest will create populations that reflect the neglect they were shown.
Workforce Development is an integral aspect of a city’s economic vitality. The pandemic has decimated the job market resulting in layoffs and recession-like unemployment. Complicating matters is how particular racial and ethnic communities have been affected. According to a recent study, people of color accounted for nearly 70% of New York City job losses. Particularly, Industries and jobs have been adversely impacted displacing many working class people who did not have financial margins (i.e., long-term savings) that could sustain them for months. Deepening the crisis was the political meandering in the House and Senate that delayed stimulus payouts. Create a fund and bailout small businesses.
The first step is returning to pre-pandemic employment levels; however, the ultimate goal is to have a robust job/career market that far exceeds the pre-pandemic employment levels.
As Mayor, I would stimulate the job market by utilizing analytics models, committees and subcommittees consisting of various industry leaders, and New York City agencies as partners with private sector entities to enact a Workforce Development 10-Point Plan. However, my leadership and management philosophy is that no one plan exists in isolation. Every plan is directly or indirectly connected to every other plan to improve efficiency and maximize impact. Consequently, education, health & safety, housing, law enforcement, workforce development, etc., are elements of a larger goal and plan that establishes “A New York City that Works for Everyone.”
The Workforce Development 10-Point Plan consists of the following items:
- Appoint a Workforce Development Executive Officer along with Borough Superintendents to spearhead and oversee workforce development initiatives.
- Identify persisting threats to the New York City economy and measure short-, mid-, and long-term impacts.
- Devise action plans that accelerate the return to pre-pandemic job market levels and pinpoint population segments that were unemployed, underemployed, and “discouraged” pre-pandemic to provide training, job/career preparation, and placement.
- Examine future job/career/entrepreneurial/industrial/consumer trends and support curricula and instruction emphasizing employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in these fields.
- Foster education and training initiatives for formerly incarcerated individuals that will provide them with meaningful employment and/or entrepreneurial opportunities.
- Reduce city taxes on small businesses and ease rent payments for small businesses.
- Establish a wage supplement plan providing wage vouchers to small businesses to lessen payroll burden.
- Create a New York City-wide Career Bank portal that centralizes career/job bank listings to reduce redundancy, increase usage, improves navigation, and accelerate job/career prospecting.
- Develop more City employment opportunities (e.g., researchers, surveyors, maintenance workers, analysts, technology specialists, etc.). I believe the city should be a catalyst for job/career/entrepreneurial opportunities; and
- Attract and retain large firms that will stimulate our employment sector.
We will train and employ New Yorkers who are willing, able and ready to work and have meaningful measures to access their willingness, ability and readiness.
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