Seasonal Talent Exchange

Overview

The Seasonal Talent Exchange—implemented with the support of JobsFirstNYC’s Employer Leadership Council—is an innovative employer-led labor exchange that seeks to strengthen seasonal and part-time job experiences for young workers and help them transition to year-round jobs across a network of employers. At the same time, it helps employers meet their talent needs by providing access to reliable, vetted employees. 

The Challenge

Nationwide, the job market has steadily shifted toward part-time, low-wage, precarious work. Many growth industries, especially retail and food service, rely on seasonal and part-time employees in order to function. However, this employment does not provide workers with economic security and frequently does not offer career pathways.

61%

OF JOBS HELD BY YOUNG ADULTS ARE PART-TIME

118,000

YOUNG ADULTS ARE OUT OF SCHOOL AND OUT OF WORK IN NEW YORK CITY

40%

OF NYC’S OVERALL POPULATION REPORTS WORKING PART TIME

44%

DECREASE IN LIFETIME EARNINGS FOR YOUTH UNDER 25 WITH UNSTABLE EMPLOYMENT

Approach

Through the Seasonal Talent Exchange, young workers develop customer service and retail skills by working year-round in complementary seasonal roles at more than one business. Community-based organizations provide wraparound support to young workers and facilitate seamless transitions between seasons and across employers. This, in turn, helps partner businesses secure well-trained, more experienced workers over time.

Impact

JobsFirstNYC launched the Seasonal Talent Exchange, an innovative employer-led labor exchange that seeks to strengthen seasonal and part-time job experiences for young workers and help them transition to year-round jobs across a network of employers.

0Seasonal Employees Enrolled
42%Participants gained employment with another employer
0Participants Secured gainful employment
10+Employers Engaged

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