Started in 2013, the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project is a first-of-its-kind effort to test whether sector strategies, previously established through research to directly benefit adult jobseekers, can be specifically applied to organizations serving young adults who are out of school and out of work and the employers that may hire them.
Young adults in New York City are contending with unprecedented difficulties in the local labor market. The long-term trend of public sector disinvestment in training and employment services, combined with employers increasingly basing their hiring decisions on demonstrable skills and previous work experience, has created an almost impossible situation for young adults without a college education who seek stable, career-track employment at a family-supporting wage. This is particularly the case in New York City, where job growth has concentrated at the extremes of the labor market: high-paying jobs, which require education and skills that young adults often lack; and low-wage, low-skill jobs, for which young adults must compete against older jobseekers who typically have the advantages of relevant work experience and strong references.
out-of-school, out-of-work young adults in New York City
of jobs held by young people are part-time
of New York City college students work while in school, and fewer students are finishing their degrees
of all jobs will require postsecondary education by 2027
JobsFirstNYC’s Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project supported the development of 11 partnerships between workforce development organizations and employers. Each partnership is focused on a specific sector (such as healthcare, technology, transportation) and carries out employer-driven training for unemployed and underemployed young adults.
These programs offer young adults enough time and preparation to master the competencies necessary for success in the workplace while also integrating sufficient employer input to ensure that participants who complete training programs are ready to contribute from their first day on the job.
Benchmarking for YASEP – JobsFirstNYC is partnering with the Workforce Field Building Hub at the Workforce Professionals Training Institute and a group of JobsFirstNYC’s YASEP member organizations and CareerLift partner, Seedco to baseline, test and strengthen their capacity to engage employers, using the Success Drivers developed through the Workforce Benchmarking Network.
SectorBOOST for YASEP – The Financial Clinic is partnering with a cohort of JobsFirstNYC’s YASEP member agencies to bring financial coaching services to young adult jobseekers and to build the capacity of participating organizations to deliver similar coaching services in the future. You can learn more here at SectorBOOST.Visit the YASEP Website
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