New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced expanded training opportunities as part of the city’s larger tech-centered employment initiative Wednesday, May 18.
The latest changes to the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline initiative will allow for approximately 1,700 more New Yorkers to take part in the pipeline program, which is aimed at connecting participants with 21st-century skills and the employers in search of those skills.
The partnership with roughly 150 private-sector employers is also helping to give job seekers a leg up in their career search. Among the program’s industry partners are the likes of Foursquare, Kickstarter and Viacom.
“This is one of the fastest-growing sectors in our economy, and it’s a new path to the middle class. New Yorkers coming out of our Tech Talent Pipeline will have the skills they need to be a part of it,” de Blasio said in a release. “These new commitments and expanded programs will help us equip even more New Yorkers across the five boroughs with 21st-century skills.”
According to information released by the city, more than 500 individuals are ready to begin or have already begun their training, which is made possible through connections with 15 New York City colleges, employer-designed curriculum and 10 initiative-specific programs.
The push has also equated to increased investment in the city’s higher education institutions. According to the press release, the initiative will infuse more than $5 million into the multifaceted approach to connecting New York job seekers with tech careers that pay more than $60,000 a year.
City officials originally launched the pipeline program in May 2014.