High School Grads With Specialized Skills Needed in NYC
New York City currently has more than 1 million middle-skills positions, with 44,000 openings at this time. While focusing on the entire high-growth potential of middle-skill positions, the report hones in on the city's two highest-growth fields: healthcare and technology. The fields combine to employ almost 500,000 in the city today with 190,000 being middle-skilled.
One startling problem the report tries to address is that 46 percent of the city's population age 25 and under lack the applicable skills to fill positions -- stunting their early professional growth as well as stymying the employers looking to fill their staffs. Other notably bitter facts addressed are the high number of people without a high school graduation (22 percent) and the amount of jobseekers out of work for over a year (over 30 percent).
The report suggests the city needs to undertake major changes to fix its employment woes.
"Finding enough qualified New Yorkers to fill the middle-skill openings in healthcare and technology -- let alone other high-growth, high-demand sectors -- will be impossible without redesigning the city's workforce development system," the report explains. "In order to meet this demand, NYC will need to build an employer-led, sector-based workforce development system supported by robust career pathways."
Suggestions include making middle-skill positions more well-known in the city, policies backing sector-based career routes and creating additional career pathways that work with the city's labor demand. Other recommendations suggest starting specialized training in high school, a strategy many high schoolers have already embarked on.