SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2017 GALA IN GOTHAM

Please join us for the celebration on Thursday 6/8

BWI PROGRAMS
EMPOWERING NEW YORKERS TO ESTABLISH FAMILY-SUSTAINING CAREERS

Brooklyn Networks is a free 6-week, full-time Low Voltage Cable Installation Training and Job Placement Assistance. Students learn how to install the lines that run behind walls and ceilings that are hooked up to computers, telephones, broadcast cable and more.

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Brooklyn Woods is a free, full-time training program in woodworking skills, cabinetmaking and fabrication. In only seven weeks, trainees learn how to safely and properly care for hand tools, power tools and woodworking machinery; shop production, finishing techniques and cabinet installation; shop math, measurement and mechanical drawing. We also provide comprehensive safety training, including the 10 hour OSHA General Construction Safety and Health class.

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The Brooklyn waterfront is experiencing a growth in business and industry. The Brooklyn Workforce Collaboration works alongside key area partners to provide customized employer training. Students train for a specialized job and earn marketable skills that create long-term career potential. The types of jobs available depends on the employers we partner with. In the past, we have worked with employers to provide trainings in construction, food safety handling, welding, and more.

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The “Made in NY” PA Training Program is a collaboration between BWI and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Our mission is to give unemployed and low-income New Yorkers the chance to work on New York sets and build careers in this dynamic field of film and television production.

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New York Drives helps students obtain their driver’s licenses so they can access advanced training for a specific career path. Our program is six weeks long, with the first three weeks focusing on strengthening students’ professional development skills, and the last three weeks focusing on part-time driving lessons. After successfully passing their road tests, graduates enroll into one of BWI’s sector-based training programs leading to skilled employment, or are placed directly into jobs. Once a year, New York Drives offers security guard training where graduates obtain their security guard certificates and license.

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The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Resident Training Academy provides skills training and placement for NYCHA residents, helping them to access various careers with NYCHA and its contractors. The Academy most frequently offers training for positions as Housing Caretakers and for construction positions. In the past, we have also trained for Pest Control Technician, Painter’s Apprentice and Maintenance positions.

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Red Hook on the Road is BWI’s longest-running and largest training program. The program offers classroom-based and behind-the-wheel training leading to a NYS Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). We then help hundreds of graduates each year access jobs as drivers of school buses, trucks, paratransit vehicles and other commercial vehicles that move people and products throughout the city.

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PROGRAM NEWS
Recovery Efforts After Superstorm Sandy

New York City’s coastal communities were impacted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and are still recovering from the damages made to local infrastructure today. BWI is collaborating with South Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, Red Hook Initiative and Good Shepherd Services to identify hiring opportunities and develop workforce development initiatives related to infrastructure investments in these affected communities.

Resiliency investments are being made, particularly in Brooklyn’s Red Hook and Coney Island communities, as a way to prevent the lasting effects of Sandy from occurring with future storms. BWI and our partners have been awarded a planning grant from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery to develop a tailored, responsive workforce development approach linking local residents with potential employment opportunities created through these resiliency investments.