NYLON — The 2016-2017 state budget included approximately $12.9 million for ‘statewide workforce development,’ intended to create opportunities for residents to pursue good-paying jobs and rewarding career paths.
According to a press release from Senator Catharine Young, $7.9 million will be allocated to the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), while $5 million will go to the Next Generation Job Linkage Program through the State University of New York and the City University of New York.
“Sustaining and growing manufacturing jobs is the mission of WDI,” said Senator Young. “Their partnership with area employers, local educators and others has gone a long way toward improving our state’s manufacturing economy.”
The WDI is a not-for-profit that works with employers across the state to provide focused workforce training, and transition support services for existing employees to prevent job loss.
Last year, WDI partnered with a number of local employers and organizations to promote job growth and retention.
The organization provided Excelco/Newbrook and Jamestown Metal Products with support training their existing workforce to meet new needs.
They also provided bridge funding for the Food for Thought Culinary Arts program, operated by Cattaraugus Community Action (CCA), so that they could continue providing a 15-week training program for low-income youth and displaced adults.
MD Electronics and Ring Precision Components, both of Jamestown, also worked with WDI to grow their workforce.
The budget also includes $5 million for the Next Generation Job Linkage Program, which works with the state’s community colleges and employers to identify potential jobs, define the skills necessary for those jobs, and provide the appropriate training for employees.
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