Workforce Development

FAC is committed to helping community residents secure stable, living-wage employment and career development opportunities. We have assisted thousands of people with training, education and job referrals.  Our programs are offered at no charge and aim to give all participants the tools for economic self-sufficiency.  

Neighborhood Employment Services 

Through its Neighborhood Employment Services (NES) program, FAC annually provides direct job placement and counseling to approximately 200 low-income New Yorkers annually.

To help residents with barriers to employment gain living-wage jobs and establish careers, NES offers job readiness education and vocational counseling, cultivates employer relationships, makes careful placements, and provides ongoing supportive services to all participants. NES offerings include: 

  • Resume development and review 
  • Interview practice and preparation 
  • Access to sector-based job training 
  • Educational opportunities 
  • Direct job placements 

NES also partners with FAC’s Adult Education and Community Services teams to help unemployed and underemployed residents meet their financial and career goals. 

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations 

Public Housing residents graduate from NYCHA Resident training academy.

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) is FAC’s workforce development affiliate. BWI’s mission is to fight poverty and empower low-income New Yorkers by creating living-wage employment opportunities. BWI aims to break the cycle of poverty and connect our graduates not just to work, but to careers with long-term potential and the chance for growth and advancement. 

Career Training Programs

BWI’s eight award-winning sector-based career training programs counter prevailing inequalities, especially those based on race and gender, and contribute to a broader movement for economic justice here in New York City. 

BWI Programs include: 

  • Red Hook on the Road 
  • Brooklyn Networks 
  • Brooklyn Woods 
  • NY Drives 
  • Made in New York Production Assistant Training Program 
  • Made in New York Post-Production Training Program 
  • NYCHA Resident Training Academy 
  • Brooklyn Workforce Collaboration 

To learn more about BWI’s training programs go to www.bwiny.org. 

Stronger Together 

Stronger Together was a collaborative led by Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) in partnership with Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI), Red Hook Initiative (RHI) and Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC). It was an integrated service model to prepare more than 1,000 working age adult public housing residents in Red Hook and Gowanus, Brooklyn to succeed in their education and in gaining and sustaining employment.  

Stronger Together led to FAC’s launching a new bridge program – New American Bridge Program –  combining contextualized math and literacy instruction with sector-based workforce training.   

Check out Stronger Together’s Highlight Report on Change Capital Fund’s site.