JobsFirstNYC today launched its first in a series of reports – Innovations in the Field – examining programs supported by JobsFirstNYC that serve both employers that need job-ready workers and young adults in New York City who want to access employment and training opportunities. The series begins with a look at the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP).
The YASEP initiative provides resources – both technical assistance and financial – for workforce partnerships to engage with employers in creating demand-focused programs using a sectoral approach to improve employment outcomes for young adults. Partnerships fostered and supported by YASEP will serve young adults across New York City, many of whom live in communities with the greatest concentrations of out-of-school and out-of-work young adults. It is our expectation that through creating these new ways of working with employers and job seekers we can create greater opportunities for young adults in New York City to connect to the labor market.
The seven partnerships of YASEP work together as a Learning Community to create sector-based, innovative workforce strategies. This report details YASEP’s development, highlighting themes and findings that emerged in the Learning Community.