New York City mayor Eric Adams has launched an $18.6m programme to entice 2,300 low-income people into construction and industrial careers over the next three years.
The move comes amid an unprecedented skills shortage in the US.
Under the scheme, participants will be selected by the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Workforce Development or the nonprofit Consortium for Worker Education before being assessed for either construction or industrial training.
The mayor’s office said its “PINCC” scheme (“Pathways to Industrial and Construction Careers”) would place people in high-wage and/or unionised jobs in roles such as tradespeople or construction project managers.
The federal financing comes through the US Economic Development Administration through New York City’s winning proposal to the Good Jobs Challenge created under the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act.
Maria Torres-Springer, Deputy Mayor for economic and workforce development, said: “This executive order empowers the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Workforce Development to convene the whole of city government and local industry behind a single vision: A city where all New Yorkers can access good jobs and careers, and where business can access the talent they need.”