Half a Billion in Workforce Programs Is Not Working

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The city spends half a billion dollars in workforce development annually, but new Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen said it could be better spent.

"I don't think there's an employer in this room who honestly thinks that as a city, we are training the workforce they are going to need five or ten years from now," said Glen, when she spoke to business leaders at the Association for a Better New York on Wednesday.

The city's job training and apprenticeship programs are not as targeted as they should be and should focus more on higher-paying tech jobs. To remedy this, Glen said that the city is creating a Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force to launch next week. It’ll be made up of some of the city’s leading employers, including some stars from the tech sector.

Glen also named a new workforce czar, Katy Gaul-Stiggie, to lead the newly-named Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, which will create new workforce programs. Gaul-Stiggie formerly spent four years as Deputy Commissioner for Employment and Contracts at New York City's Human Resources Administration.

"She knows the people we are trying to lift up. She knows our employers. She knows the programmatic landscape," said Glen.