First Step Job Training Program by the Coalition of the Homeless
The Coalition’s First Step Job Training Program was launched in 1991 to give homeless and low-income women the training, social support, education, and work experience they need to overcome those obstacles, empowering them to build a better life for themselves and their families.
First Step offers six 14-week classes serving roughly 200 women per year. Their innovative curriculum includes over 100 hours of computer instruction, along with literacy workshops, communication, and interpersonal skills development, and other hands-on activities that give students a thorough and practical understanding of the job market and workplace.
First Step also places students in internships with major corporations or non-profit organizations and offers ongoing mentoring by experienced professionals.
For questions about the First Step or if you would like to sign up for an Informational Session, please call (212) 776-2074.
Career Discovery NYC
Discovery NYC is a website where New Yorkers can explore careers in demand, learn about the skills required for those, determine a career of interest, and apply for training programs.
Get started and
–Explore careers in technology, healthcare, industrial and construction, and media & entertainment.
–Take introductory courses to help you decide if a specific career is a good fit for you.
–Spend more time practicing what you’ve learned to gain comfort and familiarity with those skills.
–Apply to training programs that can lead you to a new career.
To identify job offers and prepare for interviews, visit the Virtual Workforce Career Center website. Select your borough and visit the website’s online form. A member of the Workforce team will connect with you and provide support services.
For resources about free or low-cost WiFi, access this link.
Career Discovery is part of the NYC Department of Small Business Services.
Nontraditional Employment for Women
243 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011
Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) prepares, trains, and places women in careers in the skilled construction, utility, and maintenance trades, helping women achieve economic independence and a secure future for themselves and their families. At the same time, NEW provides a pipeline of qualified workers to the industries that build, move, power, green, and maintain New York.
NEW’s core programming is offered on both day and evening schedules.
NEW Programs are Blue Collar Prep, New at Night, and Boot Camp.Find their curriculum here.
To be eligible to NEW’s training program you must be 18 year old or older, be eligible to work in the United States, have a high school diploma or equivalency, and be interested in a hands-on training to enter a career in the construction field.
Learn about classes on basic literacy and numeracy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), high school diploma equivalency, enrichment and college, and career readiness from low cost to no cost in all of the 5 boroughs.
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